This week, we’re bringing you some of our most insightful writing about guns in America. In “Four Truths About the Florida School Shooting,” Adam Gopnik reminds us of the fundamental facts that should be shaping our response to mass gun violence; in “What’s Really Standing in the Way of Gun Control,” Jeffrey Toobin explains why it’s lack of political will, not restrictive legal precedent, that's preserving the status quo. In longer pieces, Jill Lepore explores the complex history of gun regulation in America, and Evan Osnos examines the economics of the gun business. Finally, Jelani Cobb and Margaret Talbot reflect on previous mass shootings—last year’s shooting at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas and the 2016 attack on the Pulse night club, in Orlando, respectively. Let’s hope that the Parkland shooting will be a turning point in this sad, enraging story.
A selection of stories from The New Yorker’s archive
Four Truths About the Florida School Shooting
The claim of the gun lobby’s complicity in murder is not exaggerated or hysterical but, by now, quite simple and precise.
What’s Really Standing in the Way of Gun Control
Are the state, local, and federal governments powerless to pass laws that restrict the purchase, possession, and use of guns? As it turns out, no.
By Jeffrey Toobin
“Breathtaking...[and] urgent.” —NPR.org
An epic, page-turning novel, Exit West is a love story both of our time and for all time.
A Reporter at Large
Making a Killing
Most of the time, when Americans shoot one another, it is impulsive, up close, and apolitical. None of that has hurt the gun business. In recent years, in response to three kinds of events—mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and talk of additional gun control—gun sales have broken records.
By Evan Osnos
U. S. Chronicles
The United States is the country with the highest rate of civilian gun ownership in the world. (The second highest is Yemen, where the rate is only half that of the U.S.) No civilian population is more powerfully armed.
By Jill Lepore
Another Worst Mass Shooting
People typically have to apply themselves to reach new benchmarks, and it is indisputable that we, as a society, have applied ourselves to reach this one.
By Jelani Cobb
Terror Begins at Home
There is a connection between domestic violence and mass shootings, and in acknowledging that connection there is some hope for helping to prevent both.