Blown Away: American Women and Guns by Caitlin Kelly offers the first
national, neutral, nuanced examination of the intersection of American women and firearms: recreational,
political, economic, professional, cultural, social and criminal. Critics praise it for its diversity,
fairness and in-depth examination of a complex, divisive issue.
You'll hear from female felons, law enforcement officers and military, legislators and lobbyists, Olympic athetes and some of
the 8.5 million women who have bought guns for self-defense. You'll also meet some of the 8.5 million women who shoot
recreationally: hunting, biathlon, target shooting, skeet, trap and clays.
Equally important are the book's compelling stories of real women telling their searing stories -- women who have
experienced gun violence, whether they have shot or been shot, or have lost their loved ones to firearms-related homicide or
suicide. Daily newspaper headlines remind us that violence against women is relentless and knows no bounds. Why, with the
vicious attacks on young women in Montreal and Pennsylvania in late 2006, are men now hunting young women in their classrooms?
As a guest lecturer, I recently spoke to 50 women's studies students at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. I welcome and
enjoy the opportunity to discuss my detailed and unduplicated research with students and scholars; if you seek a speaker for your
class, panel or conference on criminology, women's issues, psychology or journalism, please email me.
This footnoted, indexed book covers a wide range of issues in depth, from the history of women and guns to how women help
formulate gun policy, and cites 35 other seminal works on women and violence, past and present. I also speak to women's groups,
libraries, book clubs and other interested groups.
Caitlin Visits Quantico
One of my recent stops (below) while promoting Blown Away: American Women and Guns.
WNYC's Brian Lehrer interviews Caitlin
Caitlin was a guest speaker on WNYC's Brian Lehrer show at 93.9 FM or 820 AM. You can hear the archived segment of the
Brian Lehrer online at http://www.wnyc.com.
Caitlin speaks on NPR
Caitlin Kelly was interviewed on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation.
Listen to the radio piece.
Caitlin is now blogging on her personal blog site, Broadside Blog.
Check out her blog.