Jennifer Tucker was recently interviewed on the Brady podcast in an episode titled, “The Rising Lethality of the Second Amendment.”

Tucker describes her early introduction to guns in popular culture and how she came to study guns as a historian, leading to the establishment of the Center for the Study of Guns and Society (CSGS) at Wesleyan University. “It was clear that there was a need for a place for historians who work on this subject to come together, work and exchange ideas, and identify areas of needed research, and there didn’t exist anything like that.”

Tucker also discusses the impacts of recent court decisions on guns, and debunks common myths and distortions about guns in American history.

Listen to the full interview.


Jennifer Tucker is a historian who studies the interrelations of art and science, photography, and mass visual culture, with a specialization in 19th to mid-20th century British, U.S., and trans-Pacific history. The common threads in her diverse research fields are the dynamics of visual media in modern history, the nature of evidence, public perceptions and practices of history, and the interrelationships of science, technology, and the law.


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