On Gun Control

In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the lack of action from elected officials in Florida and Washington, these pieces feel sadly relevant one again.


"The Real Reason Gun Control is Failing" Guardian July 8, 2014

"I suspect this disconnect between gun-control advocates and the average, not-very-concerned voter has to do with the very tactic that Everytown and its ideological brethren believe to be their most effective pitch: We need gun control to stop mass shootings. We need gun control to protect our children from mad men and criminals."


"Guns and Kids: The Youngest Casualties of America's Infatuation With Firearms" Guardian September 10, 2013

"The news gets worse as we get closer to home, where state legislatures reacted to Sandy Hook primarily by widening access to firearms and weakening regulation. You read that right: more states passed pro-gun legislation in the wake of Sandy Hook than there were states that passed stricter gun control."


"What Not to Say After a Mass Shooting" Guardian September 18, 2013

"Mass shootings are still, statistically, quite rare in the  (though not as rare as they are in rest of the world). Still, there are enough of them that our reactions, especially on social media, are ritualized: an outpouring of shock and panic is followed by a flurry of misinformation; Monday's navy yard shooting saw two news outlets confidently reporting the name of the shooter only to retract it within minutes.

"CNN's 'Guns in America' Town Hall Was More Like a WWF Match" Daily Beast 1/8/16


"Cooper might as well have asked about the president’s long-form birth certificate or whether jet fuel can really melt steel. Obama lost his professorial cool and snapped incredulously: 'Yes, that is a conspiracy. I would hope that you would agree with that. Is that controversial, except on some websites around the country?'"

"It's not NRA dollars that are blocking gun control. It's the NRA's narrative" Guardian 4/17/13


"If anything, thinking of the NRA – and the political power of gun rights activists as a whole – as the sole architect of the failure of the background check amendment gives us exactly the kind of convenient, one-dimensional "good guy v bad guy" framework that the NRA wants to superimpose on every decision about gun legislation. The fact is that if gun violence was a matter of keeping guns away from 'bad guys,' we could probably have some success at it."