Myths and Realities of America's Gun Cultures

by Abigail A. Kohn

Frequenting gun shops and shooting ranges, and devoting particular attention to those whose interest in weaponry extends beyond the casual, Abigail A. Kohn captures in finegrained and often entertaining, yet always humane, detail how gun owners actually think and feel about their guns. Through her conversations--with cowboy action shooters at a regional match, sport shooters, hunters, with shooters of all ages and races--we hear of the "savage beauty" of a beautifully crafted long gun, of the powerful historical import owners attach to their guns, of the sense of empowerment that comes with shooting skill, and the visceral thrill of discharging a dangerous weapon. Cutting through the cliches that link gun ownership with violent, criminal subcultures and portray shooters as "gun nuts" or potential terrorists, Kohn provides us with a lively and untainted portrait of American gun enthusiasts.

  • Oxford University Press; June 2004
  • ISBN: 9780195348675
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  • Title: Shooters
  • Author: Abigail A. Kohn
  • Imprint: Oxford University Press

In The Press

"Interesting and accessible to general readers.... Highly recommended."--Choice
"A fascinating look into the world(s) of gun enthusiasm that puts real, human faces on a gun debate dominated by antiseptic statistics and abstract principles. After reading Shooters, youll wonder why no one has done such a study before."--Reason
"Well-written and can be easily grasped by the average reader, yet it is meticulously documented to satisfy the questioning academic... A much-needed study about who firearms owners really are."--ESPN Outdoors

About The Author

Abigail Kohn currently works for a management and technology consulting firm in Washington D.C. She has published articles in Reason Magazine as well as a number of academic journals.