From My Cold, Dead Hand: Understanding the Gun Culture in America

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Austin Harrington attempts to understand America’s love of guns by entering the world of the gun enthusiast.

NEW POLL: Americans More Likely to Blame Mental Health Issues, Not Easy Access to Guns, for Mass Shootings

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80% cite the “failure of the mental health system to identify individuals who are a danger to others” as a great deal or a fair amount to blame for shootings, while 61% say the same for easy access to guns.

Carrying Guns on Pennsylvania Campuses May be OK

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Though many schools have umbrella policies to ban all weapons, some universities are allowing firearms to avoid possible lawsuits.

After Watertown, Can We Blame the Parents?

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JD Roberto asks: What can the fathers of children lost in other American tragedies—Oklahoma City, Columbine—teach us in their responses to grief?

Guns and Fatalism

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Eric Sentell shoots down the argument that “if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”

What Are You Prepared to Do?

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In case of a violent attack, J. A. Drew Diaz says that it’s time to embrace the corollary to the Boy Scout motto: be prepared to fight back.

Before We Talk Gun Control, Let’s Talk Self Control

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School counselor Mark Vander Ley sees the issue of gun control as a broader societal issue of individuals taking responsibility for oneself

The Cognitive Dissonance of Game Violence

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A new generation of first-person shooter games causes players to reconsider violence and control.

Madness

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In the near future, Carl Bosch imagines one rural Pennsylvania school district instituting gun training for its teachers. What’s next?

The Tyranny of Rights

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In an age of nuclear weapons and mass shootings, does it still make sense to uphold an American’s constitutional right to bear arms?

Shame Is Why We Fight

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When a man can’t soothe his woman’s anxieties, he has failed to protect her. And in our culture of masculinity, failed men are expendable.

Open Thread: Is There a Crisis in White Masculinity?

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Would we even talk about it if there were?

“But I Know It’s Not Real!” – Kids, Video Games and Guns

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Samuel Sattin introduces a new generation to the latest in violent video games, and realizes that much has changed since the days of Zelda and Duck Hunt.

We Don’t Want to Play Anymore

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David Olimpio wanted to be a spy when he grew up. Now he’s glad he left violent games in boyhood, and worries about the men who did not.

Playing with Guns

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We teach kids that driving a car is a responsibility, but we still teach kids to drive. What do we teach them about the responsibility of gun ownership?

Waterloo Sunset’s Fine: An Insight into Male Solitude

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One of the main symptoms people with depression describe isn’t upset, but detachment.