A decade later, and he has written a book, writes a blog, and teaches a college course, all of which center on the concept of “Gun Culture 2.0”: The recent movement of gun ownership away from sporting, into self-defense, marked by an increase in diversity.
While Prof. Yamane does a lot of outreach, speaking to both sides of the gun issue to facilitate better understanding, perhaps the most interesting aspect of his work in this sphere is the class he teaches, and most especially, the shooting portion thereof. Many of his students, all of which are private college students taking a 300-level sociology course, have no prior experience with guns, and it is interesting to read their reactions to the experience, which he shares on his blog. This safe, controlled environment makes for a great introductions to guns, and the students write out their generally positive experiences, which Prof. Yamane often shares on his blog.
Despite the significant work Prof. Yamane does in his outreach, writing, and speaking, it is perhaps this course, and the live-fire experience that is the most impactful. Changing someone’s mind about a divisive, and often vitriolic sociopolitical topic like gun ownership is a powerful thing, and more often than not, that’s what he does by offering this experience to his students. Do yourself a favor and give the student review of the live-fire “field trip” from his latest class a read, and take a page from Prof. Yamane the next time you have a chance to be someone’s introduction to guns for the first time. Minds change through firsthand experience, not internet arguments, and we need all the people on our side we can get.
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