David Yamane is a professor of sociology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. For the first 20 years of his academic career, he specialized in the sociology of religion, a field in which he authored, co-authored or edited six books and two major scholarly journals. In a departure from his previous work, Yamane became a student of guns in 2011. He is particularly interested in the new self-defense-oriented core of American gun culture that Michael Bane calls “Gun Culture 2.0.” Yamane’s review essay, “The Sociology of U.S. Gun Culture,” is available as a free download. He blogs at gunculture2point0.com and guncurious.com, and he can be followed on Twitter at @davidyamane and @gunculture2pt0.