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Gun Culture 2.0, or How a Liberal Professor Became an Armed American

As Clayton Cramer shows, guns were a part of American society well prior to our Declaration of Independence from the British crown. Although guns have been a constant, gun culture has changed over the course of American history. The center of gravity of gun culture has shifted from what Michael Bane calls Gun Culture 1.0 – America’s historic gun culture rooted in hunting, recreational, and target shooting – to Gun Culture 2.0 – our contemporary gun culture centered on armed self-defense and concealed carry. I discuss the nature and consequences of this profound shift in American gun culture from the perspective of my own evolution from liberal professor to armed American, highlighting how it is not an idiosyncratic event, but a predictable outcome of the rise of Gun Culture 2.0.

Professor David Yamane
Wake Forest University, Department of Sociology