SBS Community Classroom

Guns in America: Can We Have A Better Gun Debate?

TUESDAYs from 4:00Pm-6:00pm ( – | TUITION: $160

Don’t miss this chance to study with one of the leading experts on US gun politics! In this 6 week course, Professor Jennifer Carlson will trace the profound changes in gun culture and gun law that have occurred in recent decades. In 2000, Gallup asked Americans whether they thought having a gun made their homes safer or more dangerous. More than half saw a gun as dangerous, and only a third saw guns making a home safer. Within a decade and a half, though, those numbers dramatically reversed: by 2014, 63% of respondents said that guns make homes safer. As annual deaths from gunshot wounds in the US hover just under 40,000, these survey data point to a profound shift in the social life of guns in America. The goal of this course is to explore the historical, criminological, political, legal, sociological and cultural perspectives that can help make sense of the contemporary significance of guns as tools of safety versus objects of danger.

Join Professor Carlson as she will unravel the relationship between gun rights and gun rules; between crime and self-defense; and between the past and present politics of guns.

Dr. Jennifer Carlson is an Associate Professor in the School of Sociology and the School of Government & Public Policy. Her research examines gun culture, policing and public law enforcement, and violence.  She is the author of Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline (Oxford University Press). Her award-winning research has been featured in a variety of outlets across the political spectrum, including The New Yorker, Reason Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The National Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere.

This is a rental of The Loft Cinema presented by the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.