a good read

I recently came upon this article which details the rise of the Second Amendment in the US as a highly politicized issue.  Worth a read…times being what they are…

One in three Americans knows someone who has been shot. As long as a candid discussion of guns is impossible, unfettered debate about the causes of violence is unimaginable. Gun-control advocates say the answer to gun violence is fewer guns. Gun-rights advocates say that the answer is more guns: things would have gone better, they suggest, if the faculty at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Chardon High School had been armed. That is the logic of the concealed-carry movement; that is how armed citizens have come to be patrolling the streets. That is not how civilians live. When carrying a concealed weapon for self-defense is understood not as a failure of civil society, to be mourned, but as an act of citizenship, to be vaunted, there is little civilian life left.
— From Battleground America: One Nation, Under the Gun by Jill Lepore (Appeared in The New Yorker, April 2012)

 

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  1. She brought the same energy to Osheaga! Like, grins from ear to ear and running back and forth across the stage. Part Stevie, Tori and bat-in-flight. Something else!

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