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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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We Hope for Better Things; It Shall Rise from the Ashes

(p.163) Conclusion

Jennifer Carlson

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   gun politics, gun policy, National Rifle Association, The Gun Debate, conservative politics, Detroit/Michigan, self-defense, Second Amendment

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