Americans have more guns per person (and more mass shooters) than any other country in the world: What can this teach us about our history and ourselves?

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(updated with the most recent, relevant links)

Five years ago on the date of this publication, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting happened. Since then, there have been thousands more killed and wounded in mass shootings:

More people have been killed at schools in 2018 than have been killed while serving in the military.

Do Americans understand their own gun culture?

A recent poll found that a majority of gun owners think mass shootings are unavoidable events that people must accept.

What role does the media play?

After another young man with another semiautomatic rifle rampaged through a high school in South Florida in February 2018, a number starting sweeping across the Internet — that there had already been 18 school shootings in 2018… But that number is “flat wrong”.

From the Washington Post:
“The figure originated with Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit group, co-founded by Michael Bloomberg, that works to prevent gun violence and is most famous for its running tally of school shootings… Everytown has long inflated its total by including incidents of gunfire that are not really school shootings…” Read more about this.

Why don’t we hear more about this at the same time?

via “Dark States: Murder in Milwaukee

What are some solutions?

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Political cartoon by student KATHRYN ZHANG for the New York Times’ editorial cartoon contest.

After a mass shooting, there are always thoughts and prayers.

But then what?

Since Sandy Hook, few pieces of national gun control legislation have passed to prevent a similar massacre.

And more than 100 have failed.

Plus, see this collaboration by student journalists across the country to measure the void in homes and classrooms left by young people lost to gun violence:

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