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FUCKING GUNS

The morning after a gunman killed 58 people and wounded 489 others in Las Vegas, I sat at my piano attempting to find something insightful to say. The media cycle had began its waves of victim identification and crime scene investigation, the Hot Takes of Who Did It & Why. The flurry of Thoughts and Prayers arrived, along with their corollary not to “politicize tragedy.” The thing about tragedy is that it stops being tragedy when you continue to let it happen. Every other major cause of death in the United States is the subject of massive public investment, research, and intervention. You know how traffic deaths continue to increase every year? No, you don’t—because the government requires automotive safety measures that make cars safer year after year, even with more and more drivers on the road. You know how millions of people die from food poisoning every year? You don’t because we established a federal office that promulgates food safety standards and sends out national health alerts if an outbreak is discovered. We have similar stories for countless communicable illnesses, occupational hazards, environmental threats, natural disasters, and more. We invest heavily in every major cause of death—except gun violence. For some reason (the

Questions & Lies  

Questions & Lies is about the emotional toll of the politics of grievance and fear: immigration, climate change, transphobia, wealth hoardin...

Questions & Lies  

Questions & Lies is about the emotional toll of the politics of grievance and fear: immigration, climate change, transphobia, wealth hoardin...

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