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The United States is steeped in guns, gun violence, and gun debates. But sociologist Jennifer Carlson believes one huge issue in the overarching argument has been overlooked—Americans who support gun control turn to the police to enforce that control, when police themselves support gun rights over gun control. But who do the police believe should get gun access, and what part does race play?
Carlson joins us in a livestreamed discussion of findings from her book Policing the Second Amendment: Guns, Law Enforcement, and the Politics of Race. Drawing on local and national newspapers, interviews with close to 80 police chiefs, and a rare look at gun licensing processes, she explores the ways police talk about guns, and how firearms are regulated in different parts of the country. She describes a troubling paradox—a racialized framework that undergirds the idea of “a good guy with a gun” versus “a bad guy with a gun.” Join Carlson as she argues that the politics of guns cannot be understood—or changed—without considering how the racial politics of crime affect police attitudes about guns.
Jennifer Carlson is associate professor of sociology as well as government and public policy at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline and Policing the Second Amendment: Guns, Law Enforcement, and the Politics of Race. Her writing has appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. She lives in Tucson, Arizona. You can follow her on Twitter @jdawncarlson.
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