We Hope for Better Things; It Shall Rise from the Ashes
The conclusion summarizes the book’s findings and their implications for scholarship as well as gun policy. Taking stock of how the everyday politics of armed self-defense intersects with racial inequality and socioeconomic decline, it puts the book’s major findings into conversation with scholarship on policing, political culture, and masculinities. Turning to gun policy, the conclusion then argues against the current terms of the contemporary gun debate, which focuses largely on whether guns and gun-related practices should be legal or illegal. Reframing the debate to focus on broader questions of social insecurity, a more productive—and perhaps even less divisive—conversation would focus on addressing the root causes of contemporary demand for firearms explored in this book.
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