Calls for Contributors

Call for Contributors for April 2018 Issue, “Gun Violence in the United States”

The Activist History Review invites proposals for our April issue, “Gun Violence in the United States.”

The Activist History Review invites proposals for our April issue, “Gun Violence in the United States.”

On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and began shooting. When the shooting stopped, Lanza had killed 20 small children and six staff members. What should have been a turning point in our public policy concerning guns and public safety became, instead, a testament to the power of the gun lobby.

In the wake of the Newtown massacre, far-right conspiracy theorist and propagandist Alex Jones used the event’s visibility and the vested interest of Second-Amendment conservatives as a springboard for his personal fame. Republicans in Congress, beholden to the gun lobby, argued that school shootings showed that we needed more guns in schools. The NRA and gun manufacturers fed on rumors that President Obama was coming to forcibly confiscate guns, leading to a surge in gun purchases.

A Colt semi-automatic AR-15, the weapon of choice for many mass shooters, which was modeled after the fully-automatic M-16 rifles used by the U.S. military. Courtesy Wikimedia.

The aftermath of Newtown revealed our worst impulses. We worry that, in the wake of the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, our country will continue to succumb to its worst impulses. It is time, with one voice, to advance our best. As part of that project, The Activist History Review invites proposals that address the causes of epidemic gun violence in the U.S.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The Second Amendment
  • Massacres in U.S. History
  • White supremacy and gun ownership
  • Property, capitalism, and guns
  • Apocalyptic beliefs
  • The history of the gun lobby
  • Nationalism
  • Military and martial culture
  • Global models of reform

Proposals should be no more than 250 words for articles from 1250-2000 words, and should be emailed to William Horne by Friday, March 16th at 11:59 PM. Please also include a short bio of no more than 100 words.

4 comments on “Call for Contributors for April 2018 Issue, “Gun Violence in the United States”

  1. Please include perspectives on the tradition of African-American gun ownership and the history of self-defense committees.

    Liked by 1 person

    • William Horne

      That is an excellent and important topic and exactly the sort of thing we would like to feature!


  2. David Burgan

    Welcomed would be the topic of cryptoanarchist movements and activists like Cody Wilson of Defence Distributed who aim to undermine the state / capitalist monopoly on arms through technology such as 3D printing and desktop CNC machines.

    Liked by 1 person

    • William Horne

      Sorry I didn’t see your comment sooner, but you’re quite right to note that 3D printing completely changes the “gun control” game. Unfortunately we didn’t get a submission on that front, or one analyzing the importance of guns to far-left groups, both for self defense and political purposes.

      Would certainly be interested in a late submission on either (or both) topic(s).


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