Sociologists are “my people,” but when sociologists talk about guns and gun culture, I often feel a profound disconnect from my own experience with and understanding of the same.

At a special session on religion and guns/gun culture today at the annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion in Philadelphia, one of the panelists said that self-defense gun culture (i.e., Gun Culture 2.0) is essentially white masculine gun culture. And that “guns are becoming a totem of white masculinity.”

Immediately after that session I took an Uber 15 miles south and spent a few hours with Annette Evans. Who is a first generation American, the child of immigrants from Hong Kong. Female. An attorney. A competitive shooter. A training junkie. And co-owner of Race Street Range, a gun range she is working hard to open.

Race Street Range owner Annette Evans giving a tour of the facility

Although understanding the dominant racial and gender composition of gun culture is important, a more adequate understanding of Gun Culture 2.0 needs to include people like Annette Evans.

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