The bravery of these teachers who risked–and lost–their lives protecting their students is astounding.
An open letter to the media from a woman who was traumatized by overzealous reporters when she was 14.
Nicholas Kristof: “Why can’t we regulate guns as seriously as we do cars?”
Chauncey DeVega: “Once more the luxury of being white in the United States is the freedom to have your violent deeds be a reflection of a personal failing, as opposed to a cultural or racial one.”
Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States.
Aaron Bady: “Gun control is a kind of utopianism, the idea that if we got rid of the objects themselves, the desire for them, the need for them, and the culture that is built around them and makes them necessary, that all of that would go away.”
Advice for how to talk to kids about tragedy from Mr. Rogers.
A reminder that mentally ill people are not more likely to be violent than any other group. Some more facts and resources from s.e. smith. Plus, any speculation on Lanza’s mental health is pure speculation at this point, but there’s no link between Asperger’s and violence.
William Hamby: “I think it’s important to at least entertain the idea that strongly conservative religious communities which indoctrinate young white men into male superiority are breeding grounds for these kinds of criminals.”
We don’t really have any idea if this applies in Lanza’s case but certainly true in general: Men’s social isolation is more accepted than women’s.
Senator Dianne Feinstein says she’ll introduce legislation to ban assault weapons at the start of the next Congress.
Add your links on the Newtown tragedy, as well as anything else you’ve been reading/writing/watching/learning this week.