“Pro Not-Dying”

February 14th, 2018:  Nikolas Cruz kills seventeen people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. May 18th, 2018:  Dimitrios Pagourtzis kills ten and wounds ten in his own high school in Santa Fe, Texas. October 25th, 2018: Gregory Bush kills two black men in a supermarket after being denied access to a predominantly black church in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. October 27th, 2018:  Robert Gregory Bowers kills eleven people in the Tree of Life Synagogue on the Jewish Sabbath in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. November 2nd, 2018: Scott Beierle kills two women and wounds…

America’s Gun-Wielding Ideology

You might think that after mass shootings like the recent ones in Texas, Arizona, and Oregon, the American public would turn away from guns, embracing gun control as a way to reduce gun violence. But you would be wrong. In 2013, year after a gunman killed 20 first graders in Newtown, Connecticut, the opposite occurred: those in favor of controlling gun ownership remained relatively steady, while those who supported gun rights increased by six percent. Less than a year after the shooting, Congress failed to pass national gun law reforms…