Sociologists emphasize the importance of thinking globally about everyday social problems rather than locally. Whether they are unpacking the present-day legacies of colonialism and the realities of post colonialism, or they are examining the transatlantic circulation of American discourses, practices, and justificatory schemes, such scholars powerfully reframe the terms on which local issues matter and show us that “globalization” or “the global” is not just a buzzword: it is a form of indispensable critical analysis.
This lesson, however, rarely weighs in on our debates about guns and gun culture. In my op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor today, I try to lay out some reasons why we should think about guns in global terms – and what we might find if we do. Check it out here.