Breaking America’s fetish for lethal weapons
Jonathan Metzl offers useful data and analysis, if not much empathy.
Life in America has been changed by gun culture.
My church has Fort Knox-level safety protocols. Why?
A gun shaped like a phone. A Hello Kitty rifle. Cities that require you to own a gun.
RAWtools began with a blacksmith and a friend’s donated AK-47.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's social history highlights who's at the other end of the barrel.
What do our baptismal vows have to do with safety?
Concealed weapons don't make us safer; communities do.
In Texas, even pastors are carrying.
It’s damnable that any reflection on American gun violence is quickly out of date. I was in Texas when the October 1 shooting occurred in Roseburg, Oregon, leaving 10 dead including the gunman. I was revising an article provoked by that shooting when 14 were shot dead December 2 in San Bernardino, California. Now there are two statistics I can’t get out of my mind: first, mass shootings (resulting in four or more deaths) occur at a rate of more than one a day in the United States. Second, more American gun deaths have occurred since 1970 than American war deaths since 1775. This is insane. What’s wrong?
I, like many people of faith, am reeling from Jerry Falwell Jr.’s proclamations to his student body. Falwell encouraged the students of Liberty University (there are more than 100,000 of them) to arm themselves against Muslim terrorists. His rhetoric reminded me of a bumper sticker I see here in Tennessee: “Only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun.”
Michael Waldman traces the Second Amendment's life, from militias to the NRA to the newfound right to have handguns at home.
In the wake of the shootings in Las Vegas—in which bystander Joseph Robert Wilcox tried to take a shooter out and instead was himself shot and killed—Adam Weinstein offers a very thoughtful take on the notion of being a "good guy with a gun." A veteran and a gun owner, Weinstein describes himself as "one of those wannabe heroes"—but also details his growing doubts.
In April 1993, the FBI siege on the Branch Davidian compound ended in disaster. The event still casts a long shadow on our divided nation.