“Liberal Gun Owners represents a much needed alternative to standard gun ownership rights groups, and I have had the privilege of collaborating with the membership and leadership of the organization. LGO’s president, Randy Miyan, has thoughtfully and prudently moved the 2A conversation forward and away from the polarizing talk that occupies so much of the American dialogue.”
History Channel Winners Cheng and Davenport Join The Liberal Gun Owners Lens Podcast
The Liberal Gun Owners Lens Podcast ended its 2022 interview schedule featuring two titans of the firearms competition world. Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion, a stalwart gun rights advocate, and an ambassador for gun ownership in the both the...
LGO Developer Eddie Davenport wins his Episode of History Channel’s Mountain Men: Ultimate Marksman
Congratulations to LGO community member and developer Eddie Davenport on winning his episode of Mountain Men: Ultimate Marksman...and that sweet 10,000 ducket paycheck. For those of you that don't know...Eddie is a social worker and is heavily involved in working with...
Brett Morse Opens Spreading Oak Consulting in Bloomington, Indiana to Promote Inclusive Training Environments
Brett has been a gun enthusiast since his dad introduced him to target shooting when he was 8 years old. While serving as a Marine at HMX-1, the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, at Quantico, VA, he qualified Expert with rifle and pistol. Since leaving the Marine Corps,...
Chad King at UChicago Institute of Politics for Discussion: From Muskets to M16s -America’s Unique Relationship to Guns
From The UChicago Institute of Politics YouTube Channel: Journalist S.E. Cupp will convene a diverse group of experts to unspool the history of gun use in America, through its founding traditions, military and domestic conflicts, key legislative moments and political...
Miyanovich Joins The Reverend Hunter Podcast
The Reverend Tony Jones kisses his late dog Albert on their last pheasant hunt in March of 2022. Photo by Courtney Perry. On October 3rd, 2022 Miyanovich joined Tony Jones for his podcast. From the liner notes: Tony sits down with Randy "Miyanovich" Miyan, the...
The 2022 Sociology of Guns Lecture: The Human-Weapon Relationship
Miyanovich recently recorded and published an accessible version of his 2022 Sociology of Guns Lecture on The Human Weapon Relationship. You can access it below. .PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 Here are the core, peer-reviewed papers associated with this lecture: PART ONE...
Liberal Gun Owners Impact
Rabbi Hillel Norry Writes His Georgian Senator
My letter to GA senators, Osoff and Warnock, and Osoff’s response. Senator, I am writing as a supporter, a liberal, and a rabbi, to urge you to stand against weapons bans and legislation that limits firearms rights. The Democrats are right on so many issues, but...
Professor David Yamane Visits LGO Headquarters for a Sociology of Guns Pow-wow.
David spent the weekend at LGOHQ so that we could put minds togther about his upcoming book on gun culture, his idea for a follow-up book, his schedule for this fall's Sociology of Guns course at Wake Forest, and my major lecture in that course. We also finalized...
“Projectile weaponry is uniquely human and culturally universal. We are the only species that uses projectile weaponry, and no human society has ever abandoned its use.”
-Dr. John Shea, Paleoanthropologist-
…gun ownership is normative, not deviant, behavior across vast swaths of the social landscape.”
-James D. Wright, Sociologist-
“The right to self-defense is a genuinely pre-societal right that evolved in the absence of the state…the right to personal self-defense can be best described as a right Sui generis under international law.”
-Dr. Jan Arno Hessbruegge, Human Rights and International Law Expert –
“What is the meaning of our retinues, what of our swords? Surely it would never be permitted to us to have them if we might never use them. This, therefore, is a law, O judges, not written, but born with us…”
-Marcus Tullius Cicero-
A Light On Guns
“The problem is normality is not newsworthy. It is not of concern to social scientists. It is even hard for me at times to write in an interesting way about something that is unremarkable. And yet it is my dominant experience of guns and gun owners.”
HOT TANK BRASS: THOUGHTS FROM THE LGO THINK TANK
“Laws are terrible preventatives. Their ability to affect deterrence is, generally, on the light side of moderate and this effect is always context dependent. At the level of politics, laws are used as totems and their efficacy is often oversold. Moreover, our fellow progressives seem to be entirely out of touch with the idea that you do not give governmental authorities total control over important matters. If one of our goals is to properly consider legislation as a potential means to gain capacity towards mitigating gun-related death, and if our historic analysis shows us the tendency towards governmental abuse, then the whole scheme needs to be congruent and tailored to the task while not allowing the balance of power to shift to the governmental authorities.”
“When gun people continue to display the attitude that absoulte rights mean they can do whatever they want, wherever they want, however they want – alongside a casual, indifferent, or at worst, jubilant attitude about loss of human life…they actively create anti-gun people from those who were previously indifferent. We have observed this among friends and my wife admits freely she has been pushed in that direction by what she sees in the news and the typical, desensitized, gun-people reactions to it. The attitude about ‘fuck around and find out,’ ‘got what they deserved,’ ‘muh rights’ makes other people get to a point where they’re okay with those rights just going away.
That part of the culture has to change for gun rights to survive.”
which we have not learnt or received by tradition, or read, but which we have taken and sucked in and imbibed from nature herself; a law which we were not taught but to which we were made,—which we were not trained in, but which is ingrained in us,—namely, that if our life be in danger from plots, or from open violence, or from the weapons of robbers or enemies, every means of securing our safety is honorable.”
-Marcus Tullius Cicero-