Gun sellers aren’t just merchants of guns but are also agents of conservative politics and ideals. That’s because gun sales in America aren’t only an economic exchange, but also a cultural one, with serious implications for society. In her book Merchants of the Right: Gun Sellers and the Crisis of American Democracy, Jennifer Carlson presents a view of gun sales and ownership through the lens of 2020-21: the political unrest leading up to January 6th, pandemic insecurities and the resulting dramatic increase in gun sales to all demographics. Are we moving towards a democracy not of the ballot, but of the bullet?

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Jennifer Carlson is an Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. She teaches courses on guns, rights, law and justice, and was awarded a MacArthur Genius grant for her research on such topics in 2022.

We will end the evening with a performance by spoken word artist Jackie Ashkin.

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