Guns are Just Tools

Yesterday, a gunman using an AR-15 style rifle killed 10 people in a Boulder, CO, grocery store. It was the 7th mass shooting in the U.S. in the last 7 days. Over the years, I’ve written a lot about guns. It started with some high profile attacks on college campuses, when editors turned to me … Continue ReadingGuns are Just Tools

Guns and Cars and Danger

Guns kill more people than cars for the first time since the CDC began tracking causes of death for Americans. Why? Cars have been regulated for safety, companies have invested in safety, individuals have been legally required to be safe, and both individuals and companies are legally liable. Guns … not so much. Thanks NRA!

Against Incremental Consensus on Firearms

I like incrementalism, but the NRA has made it impossible. Even the massacre of children, churchgoers, country music fans, and teenagers, hasn’t helped. So let’s change the context. I wrote against the Second Amendment for Pacific Standard: When I say “repeal the Second Amendment,” I am not saying that we should criminalize all private ownership … Continue ReadingAgainst Incremental Consensus on Firearms

It’s the Guns

In my latest for The Nation, I zoom in on a little clause in Trump’s latest comments on mental health and gun violence.  Trump’s comments on mental health are typical of Republican response to violence. He characterized the killer as a “very deranged individual” who has a “mental health problem at the highest level.” This … Continue ReadingIt’s the Guns

The NRA and Philando Castile (and Dallas): I Welcome Their Hypocrisy

Throughout the day yesterday, as people on social media mourned the death of Philando Castile and expressed their outrage at his killer, I saw one constant thread: People pointing out the hypocrisy of the NRA. Numerous articles appeared talking about the ways in which the NRA’s call for the broadest view of the 2nd Amendment doesn’t seem to apply … Continue ReadingThe NRA and Philando Castile (and Dallas): I Welcome Their Hypocrisy

Threats to Academic Freedom: Guns vs Political Correctness Run Amok

Thesis: The idea that your students have guns will have a vastly more chilling effect on academic freedom than people asking for trigger warnings, less offensive language, or to be thoughtful about microaggressions. Coming soon from CNN. (Update for new readers. Hi new readers! Here are some of my writing about Trigger Warnings and PC … Continue ReadingThreats to Academic Freedom: Guns vs Political Correctness Run Amok