mass shootings



The recent mass shooting at the mall in Greenwood, Indiana, understandably generated significant news media attention to the shopper who used his concealed weapon to kill the shooter and thereby limit the number of shooting victims. Inevitably, there will be arguments that echo the (in)famous statement by the head of the National Rifle Association who said, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”

The Hero with the Gun? Be Wary and Beware





The tragic Robb elementary shooting in Uvalde, TX calls our attention to the news media’s temporary focus on the scourge of gun violence. We should take note of the information produced at this moment before national attention moves again to other issues.

Striking News Stories in a Week That Struck the Nation ...






How do we want children to view their time at school? Metal detectors, police officers in the hallways, and frequent “active shooter” emergency drills pose risks for students’ educational experiences. What are the consequences for learning when we constantly remind students that schools are places for feeling afraid rather than places for cultivating enthusiasm about learning?

Guns and Schools



Significant news media attention this week is directed at the oral arguments heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday in the much-anticipated case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. The case presents a challenge to New York’s law that requires individuals to show a special need to defend themselves in order to be granted a license to carry a concealed pistol.

Thoughts and Prayers—and more(?)—for Oxford