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Nancy Krygowski: “Here’s a Partial List of Mass Shootings in the United States So Far This Year”

Here’s the full list of the people the murdered have kissed.
Here’s a pair of slippers made of birds’ beaks, ear plugs made of screams.

November 30, 2022 · 19 Comments

Fred Everett Maus: Listening to Bach, Three Days after a Shooting

It’s quiet in the room where I am writing. 
Bright afternoon sun flows in, oblique, 
glorious light in these days of mourning, 
perfection pouring down on a shattered world.

November 25, 2022 · 4 Comments

Valarie Kaur: Forgiveness

Forgiveness was not a substitute for justice; it had energized us in the
fight for justice.

October 4, 2022 · 11 Comments

Matthew J. Parker: MMPI-5

It’s obvious to all (or damn well should be) that the background checks designed to prevent criminals and/or deeply disturbed individuals from purchasing weapons are pathetically deficient.

September 10, 2022 · 4 Comments

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 · 27 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

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