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Phoebe A. Cirio: 22 July — A film that helps us understand a mass killing

22 July, a film currently streaming on Netflix, depicts the events that occurred on that day in 2011, when Anders Behring Breivik began a killing rampage in Norway. Breivik turned … Continue reading

November 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Robert C. Koehler: Gunfire and Wildfire — The New Abnormal

This is a country at war with itself in multiple ways. Thousand Oaks, California: a city torn apart by wildfire and gunfire. Both are unnatural disasters. “This is the new … Continue reading

November 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: What the Murders Teach Us

Antisemitism was the cause, but automatic weapons were the method.  Reactions by Jews and non-Jews to the massacre of 11 people at Tree Of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh overwhelmed my … Continue reading

October 30, 2018 · 4 Comments

Robert Reich: Why I’m Betting on Millennials, This November 6th

In my thirty-five years of teaching college students, I’ve not encountered a generation as dedicated to making the nation better as this one. Millennials (and their younger siblings, generation Z’s) … Continue reading

September 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

Kareem Tayyar: At the March for Our Lives, Centennial Park, Santa Ana, California, 3pm, March 24th, 2018

I spend most of the afternoon thinking about John Lennon. How he would have been 79 years old next October. How his wife has been a widow for longer than … Continue reading

June 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mike Males: The Shooting Statistics Are Clear: It’s Not Schools That Are Dangerous

Schools are the sites of fewer than 3 percent of students’ gun homicides; the other 97 percent occur somewhere other than school. . Every day, 42 Americans die in gun … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Still Following the Money

. The woke kids are still at it. Days before a planned National School Walkout to mark the anniversary of the Columbine shootings, Parkland survivor and firebrand David Hogg has … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Frida Berrigan: Growing Up With the Threat of Pervasive Violence

The Weaponization of Everyday Life Guns. In a country with more than 300 million of them, a country that’s recently been swept up in a round of protests over the … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: The Tools To Make A Change

Memorably marching for their lives. Reuters photo. Seeking to keep up the momentum to oust politicians in the blood-soaked pockets of the NRA, voting registration activists with HeadCount signed up … Continue reading

March 28, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Operatico Politico — NRA Protest Song

. Operatico Politico gives us a new protest song for the March For Our Lives on March 24th! Please like and share widely! Lyrics and guitar chords here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/traditi… Email … Continue reading

March 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: One Ticket to Safer Schools, Please

Last weekend, I bought a ticket to safer schools. I went to a high school musical. As I entered the halls of learning, I sensed the vulnerability of students there. … Continue reading

March 24, 2018 · 2 Comments

Nora Biette-Timmons and James Burnett: The Parkland Kids’ Gun Reform Platform, Explained

In an online petition, and in testimony by one of their leaders to a shadow congressional hearing organized by Democrats in Washington, the Stoneman Douglas students galvanizing the new teen movement against gun … Continue reading

March 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jeffries: The Racist Origin of the Second Amendment and the Rise of Black Gun Ownership

Many people of color are faced with uneasy support for a civil right that began as a way to oppress them.  . Siwatu-Salama Ra, 26, will likely spend the next … Continue reading

March 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: With a Rod of Iron

AR-15-Toting So-Called Churchgoers Renew Their Commitment To the Blood-Soaked Lunacy of Our Nation Amen. “Church” “Leaders.” Reuters Photo . At This Point Why Not Dept: Amidst the fiery debate about … Continue reading

March 9, 2018 · 4 Comments

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