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Good Guys with GunsThe Appeal and Consequences of Concealed Carry$
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Angela Stroud

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627892

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627892.001.0001

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Good Guys and Bad Guys

Good Guys and Bad Guys

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Good Guys with Guns

Angela Stroud

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines cultural constructions of race, class, and gender that are embedded in how CHL holders imagine crime. Respondents describe CHL holders as a special class of citizen, a “good guy,” who has not only the right, but the duty to be armed in public, something that leaves them outraged when they are banned from carrying into “gun free zones.” They draw clear lines between themselves and “bad guys,” and yet, some also admit to carrying guns illegally. Though they typically avoid discussing race explicitly, respondents draw upon racialized and classed perceptions of threat and safety that lead them to associate blackness with poverty and crime, constructs that shape their gun carrying practices. Whiteness and class privilege are key to understanding the significance of respondents’ experiences.

Keywords:   Crime, Poverty, Black men as criminals, Gun free zones, Illegal carry, Good guys, Bad guys, White privilege, Invisibility of whiteness

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