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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

Anne C. Fowler: Talking with the Other

The opportunity to spend vast expanses of time talking with people with whom you strongly disagree, about the very issue you disagree on, is an unusual privilege, I would even say, a luxury.

June 16, 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

Michael Simms: Uvalde

The swelling and collapsing
Of a small promise more
Tentative than we knew

June 4, 2022 · 25 Comments

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

Richard Hoffman: Uvalde, TX, 5/24/2022

That his dead
brother he
bringing him home.

May 31, 2022 · 2 Comments

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

Michael Simms: Trigger Warning | Old White Guy Talks About Racism

White people don’t spend a lot of time talking about racism. Right-wingers dismiss racism as a talking point that black people use to get special treatment while left-leaning white people simply state that racism is an evil tendency among other white people, but not themselves.

May 21, 2022 · 10 Comments

Jon Queally: Buffalo Gunman’s Racism Directly Tied to Mainstreaming of White Nationalism

White nationalism is the greatest threat to our nation’s security and we must hold everyone who spreads this hate accountable before anyone else is harmed.

May 16, 2022 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: My Year and Welcome to It

A year of illness, death, mourning, and ever-increasing political chaos on a striking, if not unparalleled, scale threatens the American system as we’ve known it. Meanwhile, a new kind of weather threatens the world as we’ve known it.

December 29, 2021 · 3 Comments

Paul Christensen: Stormy Seas

  Well, let’s see what we are confronting these days. Inflation is affecting half of America’s families. The Supreme Court is about to end Roe v. Wade for good and … Continue reading

December 8, 2021 · 5 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

Dawn Potter: Mother to Son

Always with the video games when you’re sad,
as if the gunshots are manna, or music,
which isn’t to say I think you’re planning
to shoot up a grocery store—no, no

August 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

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