Sociology of Guns Module 8: Gun Injuries, Suicide, Rights and Responsibilities

With Module 8 the course shifts its attention to what could generally be called negative outcomes with firearms: injury and death, both suicide (Module 8) and homicide (Module 9), as well as issues surrounding police use of force (Module 10). I am particularly interested in ways in which those involved in gun culture can play … Continue reading Sociology of Guns Module 8: Gun Injuries, Suicide, Rights and Responsibilities

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Prepping for Sociology of Guns Ver 7.0

It’s hard to believe that I first taught my “Sociology of Guns” seminar at Wake Forest six years ago, in the fall of 2015. This fall I will teach the course for the seventh time in seven academic years. Although some aspects of the course do not change — the class field trip to the … Continue reading Prepping for Sociology of Guns Ver 7.0

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Shooting big stuff.

Ever hear of a 4 Bore? Here’s the first line from the Wikipedia entry: Four bore or 4 bore is an almost obsolete black powder caliber of the 19th century, used for the hunting of large and potentially dangerous game animals. The term “4 Bore” indicated that it would fire a sphere of lead weighing […]

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CMP Club News: Baltimore County Game & Fish Celebrates 20 Years of CMP Affiliation

The Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association (BCGF) recently marked its 20th year as a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Affiliated Club. For their milestone and continued support, the CMP presented the club with a 20 Year banner to display at their home range. About the Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association: The BCGF was founded in 1936, with land was set aside for a wildlife habitat. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the club is equipped with a 50-, 100- and 200-yard rifle range, seven-position 15- and 25-yard pistol ranges and three trap houses. Currently, the club holds 594 members. Activities held at the BCGF include Monthly Military Rifle matches, using vintage military and AR-style rifles at 50, 100 and 200 yards. Bowling Pin, Bullseye Leagues and metal plates are also offered on both the rifle and pistol ranges along with precision .22 shoots. The club also sponsors a few area Boy Scout Troops and have weekly .22 youth shoots. Additionally, the group sponsors an all-day fish rodeo for the kids and support many community projects on club property.  To learn more about the BCGF, visit the club website at www.bcgf.org. About CMP Affiliated Clubs: CMP Affiliated Clubs from across the country are allowed the unique opportunity to host CMP matches, training courses and several other valuable benefits. Clubs interested in becoming affiliated may review the proper steps and qualifications on the CMP’s “Become Affiliated” page at https://thecmp.org/clubs/affiliate/.   CMP Affiliated Clubs can be found virtually anywhere. To locate a CMP Affiliated Club near […]

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Talladega Marksmanship Park Features Several Shotgun, Other Events in May

TALLADEGA, Ala. – The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Talladega Marksmanship Park is open and ready for the public, as several annual and monthly events resurface for fun on the range in May. Exciting news for shotgun enthusiasts, the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) matches are returning to the Talladega calendar, beginning May 28. The matches include 100 clays and are set each month, June through September. The Alabama State Championship follows in October. Shotgunners will have another competitive opportunity that also supports a meaningful cause during the “Shooters for Hooters” benefit – Saturday, May 8, on Talladega’s Sporting Clay Field. The event features teams of four, all competing at 15 different stands. Proceeds go toward the Never Surrender: A Breast Cancer Support Organization – a not-for-profit group dedicated to the education, prevention and support services for Breast Cancer patients, family and community members. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three places as well as for the “worst shooter” in the match, with more games and prizes available throughout. Another four-man shotgun match taking place in May is the Garrison Steel Fabricators Steel Dog Sporting Clay Shoot, held in conjunction with CraneWorks, for the general contractor community. The workforce training event is set for May 14 on the Talladega Sporting Clay Field. Learn about all of the shotgun opportunities at Talladega Marksmanship Park, including clinics, by visiting https://thecmp.org/ranges/talladega-marksmanship-park/talladega-marksmanship-park-shotgun-events/. For pistol competitors, the Beretta LOCAP Nationals, sponsored by the United States Practical Shooting Association’s (USPSA), will fire on the grounds of Talladega May 7 through May 9, with […]

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