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[Past Event] American Gun Culture and Violence: A Cultural-Historical Perspective

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Course Description:

The epidemic of school shootings has ignited a polarizing debate regarding gun ownership and violence within the U.S. Popular news outlets, politicians and protest groups freely dispense their opinions concerning firearms and associated violence. What seems to be lacking, however, are deeply contextualized conversations about the cultural-historical factors that have contributed to America’s gun problems. Our discussions will include an overview of gun violence data, a historical analysis of the Second Amendment and a brief review of recent gun safety laws. We will also explore the construction of gun culture from the Western frontier to the Boy Scouts and beyond. In addition, we will analyze gender and the role of toxic masculinity within patterns of gun violence in the United States.


Tuition: $10.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Friday, Dec. 7 *10:00am - noon* (1 session*)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Dustin McKenzie teaches cultural anthropology and archaeology at Cabrillo College. He has been involved in a number of archaeological studies along the Central Coast over the past two decades.