This book would not have been possible without the many people who contributed in countless ways to its completion. Much of the data come directly from members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) who generously agreed to participate in this research. I thank them for providing me with (what I believe to be) their candid thoughts on a range of contentious social and political issues, and I trust they will feel accurately represented by this work.
I was fortunate to receive advice and feedback from many wonderful colleagues during this journey. Of special note, Scott Coltrane has left an imprint on my thinking and writing not just for this book but for all of my work I am deeply appreciative of the positive impact Scott has made on me through his first-rate scholarship, editing, and mentoring. I am a better sociologist and a better person for knowing him. Ellen Reese also made invaluable contributions to this book and to my intellectual interests. Ellen proved to be not just a great scholar but a gifted editor, and, I note with humility, a champion of this book.
Many other colleagues offered suggestions along the way, notably Kirk Williams; Michael Kimmel, who helped sharpen my analysis of the NRA's masculinity; and Carolina Bank Muñoz. When I had an important decision to make, inevitably I consulted Richard Serpe and benefited from his sage advice. Many of my current colleagues at Albion College read parts of the manuscript, offering critiques from a range of disciplinary lenses. I especially thank Lars Fogelin, Hadley Renkin, Len Berkey, 'Dimeji Togundé, Geoff Cocks, Marcy Sacks, and Scott Hendrix.
Several institutions have also been of assistance, including the Graduate Division and Department of Sociology at the University of California-Riverside, the University of California-San Diego Social Sciences and Humanities Library, and Albion College's Student Research Partners Program. This work was supported by a grant from the Hewlett-Mellon Fund