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Reading List March 27, 2019

The United States Doesn’t Have a Gun Problem

Our problem is that we keep producing killers.

Firearms, once again, have dominated this week’s news cycle. In New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern issued a swift ban on semi-automatic and automatic weapons after a white supremacist killed 50 Muslim worshipers. In Indiana, several teachers were injured by Airsoft guns during an active shooter training that the sheriff’s department defended as “realistic.”

But is the heart of the gun debate as simple as all guns are bad? The essays in today’s reading list ponder this question and more, from one Ohio teacher’s uncomfortable firearms training (which gives context to the Indiana incident) to Judith Levine’s argument that any gun control movement must also advocate for disarming police. 

But first, Walter Johnson’s sensitive exploration of the psychology behind shooting and his assertion that “the cause of the United States’s problem with guns is not guns, it is the United States.”

Wallter Johnson
A childhood steeped in guns shows that toxic masculinity and racism are at the heart of U.S. gun culture.
Judith Levine
Moving from liberal gun reform to a truly radical movement will require us to make the connection between interpersonal violence and state violence.
Thomas Baxter
What happens when a school district votes to arm teachers? A Rust Belt educator takes us through the grim realities of training to kill one of his own students.
Hal Stucker

The gun in my pocket was a declaration that the city had broken the social contract.

Pamela S. Karlan

Justice Scalia betrayed originalist interpretation when he defended an individual right to own guns.

Chad Kautzer
Self-defense is not merely an individual right, it is collective political resistance.
Evan DeFilippis

Despite recent shootings, schools, including college campuses, exemplify the success of gun control.

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