The news cycle is fast and furious—which is why we shifted through the recent noise and found a few articles we believe matter. These thoughts and ideas made us pause, think and, most importantly, consider what is happening in the world. We hope they do the same for you.
The boys are not alright: “Girls aren’t pulling the triggers. It’s boys. It’s almost always boys. America’s boys are broken. And it’s killing us.” (The New York Times)
Why the Parkland survivors are winning the social-media war: “In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, the teenage survivors have taken it upon themselves to spearhead an impassioned push for gun control, at a time when it would have been easy and completely understandable for them to grieve in private.” (Vanity Fair)
Dramatic moments in a day of confrontation over guns: “One of the students, Sarah Chadwick, a junior at the school, said she had a simple message for legislators: ‘Never again.’” (The New York Times)
The absurdity of armed educators: “But the movement for hardening isn’t just impractical or lacking in evidentiary support; it’s also a dystopian stroke of authoritarianism that runs deeply counter to the ideas embodied in the Constitution.” (The Atlantic)
Science is what’s missing from the gun debate: “To those of us in the public health community, the path forward is clear: To solve this nationwide crisis of firearm injuries and deaths, we must pursue the same kind of scientific research that showed us how to save millions of lives from cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure.” (Politico)
A hockey goal and a medal that will resonate beyond the ice: “A lot was at stake...An American boycott would have been a huge embarrassment. The players risked ruining their shot at these Olympics, and derailing their careers...U.S.A. Hockey was forced to give up, and it was a pivotal moment in the history of women’s sports.” (The New York Times)
How Tennessee became the final battleground in the fight for suffrage: “Mostly importantly, Weiss’s book resists the notion that suffrage was something men graciously gave to women, and that this victory was inevitable. Many women fought passionately for their right to vote, battling against men, and other women, who wanted to keep it from becoming law.” (Smithsonian)