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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
When I moved to New York City in 2008, my perception of safety (and everything else) was conditioned by a lifetime of American cop shows. Though I’d grown up in…
Why the left should arm itself
The genuine sportsman’s voice is seldom heard in the outcry against gun-control laws. The dominant note is the shrill voice of the superpatriot. His sentiments were once well synthesized by…
A gunman kills 49 people with an AR-15 assault rifle at an Orlando nightclub; Dan Baum investigates whether gun-control laws could ever stop the weapon from proliferating
From a glossary of terms used by three rival East Harlem street gangs, compiled by prosecutors for the April indictments of sixty-three gang members. Between October 2009 and March 2013,…
The gun Congress can’t ban
For a time in December, it looked as though the nation was finally ready to take on the gun culture. Perhaps you recall the moment: twenty grade-schoolers, along with their…
My concealed weapon and me
The serious boy at war