On Mapping the U.S. Gun Culture

James B. Jacobs, New York University

Policy debates over gun control in the U.S. often assume that most people possess firearms for self-defense and that their commitment to owning a firearm is weak. This paper begins a project of mapping the status of firearms in American society by identifying and carrying out a content analysis of 84 "gun magazines" commercially available in the U.S. An Examination of these gun magazines (1 issue for each magazine) the breadth of interest in firearms and the kinds of stories and information to which firearms owners and potential owners are exposed to.

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