When I was a kid, more than twice as many Americans went hunting as they do now, and twice as many had guns. Now only one in four own a gun — but the average gun owner today doesn’t own a gun; they have several. In fact, just 3% of us own about half of America’s hundreds of millions of guns, an average of 17 apiece. And that’s because so many of those super-enthusiasts are in thrall to overheated and often delusional gun fantasies.
I’ve been thinking once again about our exceptional and suicidal gun culture. It wasn’t prompted by…
As insurrectionists stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, encouraged and inspired by Donald Trump, I was struck by how many people were apparently surprised. Pundits and politicians alike remarked how “unbelievable” the terrorism was, how shocking it was to see law enforcement’s lack of preparedness. Chief of DC Metropolitan Police Robert Contee even said on Thursday that there had been “no intelligence” to suggest Trump’s mob of supporters would attempt a breach of the U.S. Capitol.”
What matters now. A publication from Medium about politics, power, and culture.