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Derrick Z. Jackson: Scientists and Public Health Professionals Are Mobilizing Against Gun Violence

A report this spring by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health University said the nation has lost 1,357,000 victims to firearms in the last 40 years. That exceeds the number of soldiers killed in all the wars in which the United States has fought.

June 17, 2022 · Leave a comment

Andrea Germanos: 4th Grader Who Survived Uvalde Massacre Testifies How Shooter Told Teacher ‘Good Night’ Before Killing Her

Asked if she thought such a shooting was going to happen again at her school, Miah Cerrillo quietly nodded her head.

June 9, 2022 · 6 Comments

Ellen McGrath Smith: An American Dream

I dreamed I bought a gun. At a Rite-Aid. 
It was heavy, brightly colored, a girl-gun.

June 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Baron Wormser: The Mythos of the Gun 

Beneath the easy-going, have-a-nice day American exterior is some serious anti-social feeling that does not wish anyone who is somehow different a nice day, that wishes them a bad day, a you-shouldn’t-exist day, an I-would-kill-you-if-I-could day.

June 1, 2022 · 5 Comments

Abby Zimet: Small Bodies Drop

The U.S. has 4% of the world’s population, and 46% of its guns; its gun violence is soaring, with over 45,000 dead in shootings in 2020, an increase of 35%; gun violence is now the leading cause of death among young people; there have been two dozen school shootings so far this year.

May 31, 2022 · Leave a comment

Lisa Arrastia: Letter to My Student Teachers on a Day of Yet Another School Mass Shooting in America

While some will call for greater discipline, more resource officers, and paying for “threat assessments,” I will call for love and uplift you, the teachers in public pre-k-12 schools.

May 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: So The Whole World Will Listen To Joaquin

On the fourth anniversary of his son’s murder, Manuel climbed a 150-foot crane in the early, gusty morning – “A father’s job never ends” – so “the whole world will listen to Joaquin today.”

February 17, 2022 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: These Are Not the Best of Times

On the vital, longtime, increasingly bonkers battleground of culture wars that are our schools and our kids and what they can learn, it keeps getting worse. A new report finds … Continue reading

January 28, 2022 · 7 Comments

Abby Zimet: Teach Your Children Well

Four days before the massacre, they bought their 15-year-old son Ethan an early (and, as a minor, illegal) Christmas present: a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun.

December 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Tree of Life

God, like a lazy cop,
Never seems to be around
When you need Him

October 27, 2021 · 23 Comments

Video: The Rifleman | Sierra Pettengill

Through meticulously assembled archival imagery, “The Rifleman” reveals the roots of the modern National Rifle Association, U.S. Border Patrol, and the gun lobby’s unyielding influence on national politics. (running time: 18 minutes)

May 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: On Numberless Dead Bodies and Weapons of War Being Necessary to the Security Of A Free State

Congress, for God’s sake and all of ours, do your job. 

March 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Brian Mittendorf: Why New York AG Letitia James is suing the NRA

New York state Attorney General Letitia James is suing the National Rifle Association and four of its current and former officials. The primary goal of the New York lawsuit is to dissolve the NRA completely.

August 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

Matt Hohner: Viral

Imagine someone with nothing left to lose as a virus
armed with a gun and desperate to spread its bullets.

March 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

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