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The World Gun Crisis

The paper will explore the idea of weaponization - specifically 'pistolization' – as a manifestation of contemporary crisis. Using examples of current gun-panic-scene reporting from around the world, it will problematize claims that gun ownership is a means of self-protection.

It will ask questions about the effects of weaponization on the quality of social order. It will explore how weaponization is affected by the principle of raison d' e'tat. It will demonstrate that, unless successfully resisted, the pistolization of everyday life is a stepping stone of crisis on the road to an unhappy future.