Shooters: Myths and Realities of America's Gun Cultures by Abigail A. KohnShooters: Myths and Realities of America's Gun Cultures by Abigail A. Kohn

Shooters: Myths and Realities of America's Gun Cultures

byAbigail A. Kohn

Paperback | April 13, 2007

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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. Throughher 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 comeswith 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 gunenthusiasts.
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.
Title:Shooters: Myths and Realities of America's Gun CulturesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.71 × 8.9 × 0.79 inPublished:April 13, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195306449

ISBN - 13:9780195306446

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsPart I: The Anthropology of Gun Enthusiasm1. Introduction: Guns in America2. The World of Gun Enthusiasm3. Cowboy Action ShootingPart II: The Meaning of Guns4. Citizen Soldiers5. Cowboy Lawmen6. Tough Americans7. ConclusionsAppendixNotesBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"The first anthropologist to study gun use in America, Abigail Kohn interrogates American gun culture in an even-handed analysis of what guns mean to Americans. Building on a study of gun enthusiasts, she explores the attraction of guns and examines the attitudes and approaches Americans taketoward guns. This incisive, thoughtful work is a major contribution to Americas gun debate. It lays out the issues in a direct, easily accessible way. Shooters should be required reading for anyone concerned about guns, regardless of where they stand."--Gay Becker, author of Disrupted Lives and TheElusive Embryo