President Biden has played a central role in the unsuccessful efforts to enact significant gun control legislation amid thousands of mass shootings.
Another day, another devastating spasm of gun violence in America. If you look back through what Pocket readers have saved and read in the aftermath of such tragedies, you’ll find that while names and places change, and motives may differ, one variable is always constant: guns.
These are some of the key articles that Pocket readers have turned to in recent years to try to make some kind of sense of the scourge of gun violence in America. It’s a grim record, because there have been so, so many words written, and yet so little has changed. But there are reasons to see the faintest glimmers of hope in this reading list. One thing we’ve observed at Pocket is that often when people sit down to read something—not to post something to their feed, but actually read something—they are looking for answers. We can see from these stories that people want to understand why things are the way they are. They want to learn about possible solutions. They want to know how they can change things. So many people see what’s happening and they refuse to look away. That may not always feel like much in a world that can feel so broken, but it’s something to hold onto.
A mass shooting occurs nine out of 10 days in America. Stephen Marche explores America’s dueling gun cultures, from the world’s largest arms show to a family who helps victims cope.
Just after the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, NRA leaders agonized over what to do. NPR obtained recordings of the calls, which lay out how the NRA has handled mass shootings ever since.
Firearms makers have resisted Silicon Valley-sponsored digital innovation that could transform public safety.
Massacres are frequently carried out by killers using military-grade equipment that’s easier to obtain when buying on credit.
Billions are being spent to protect children from school shootings. Does any of it work?
Upping security at schools makes students paranoid and miserable; it doesn’t make them safe.