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Citizen-ProtectorsThe Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline$
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Jennifer Carlson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199347551

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347551.001.0001

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Jumping the Gun

Jumping the Gun

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Jennifer Carlson

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how this version of citizenship—the citizen-protector—opens up the possibility for mistakes and misunderstandings that can place gun carriers in legally risky situations, on the one hand, and put innocent lives at risk, on the other. Blurring the binary between “the good guy with a gun” and the “bad guy,” this chapter focuses on one gun carrier who was arrested, charged, and convicted for pulling his gun on an unarmed woman. It examines how his actions suggest an overcommitment to—rather than a deviation from—a model of citizenship that emphasizes the moral duty to protect innocent life, especially one’s family, with lethal force.

Keywords:   Justifiable Homicide, concealed carry, citizenship, crime, weapons bias, racial profiling, masculinity, race, vigilantism

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