Gun Control/Violence Worth reading: US gun violence, environmental racism, and attempts to rebrand “abstinence only”
First, some important pieces related to the Parkland shooting and US gun violence in general:
- Emma González in Harper’s Bazaar: Parkland Student Emma González Opens Up About Her Fight for Gun Control
- Kyra Gurney in the Miami Herald: Last fall, they debated gun control in class. Now, they debate lawmakers on TV.
- Jamelle Bouie at Slate: Arming Teachers Would Endanger Students of Color
- Lincoln Anthony Blades in Teen Vogue: Black Teens Have Been Fighting for Gun Reform for Years
- Mike Spies in the New Yorker: The NRA lobbyist behind Florida’s pro-gun policies
- Charlotte Hill at Vox: The real reason the NRA’s money matters in elections
- Jeanne Marie Laskas in GQ: Inside the Federal Bureau Of Way Too Many Guns
- Kathleen Rest at the Union of Concerned Scientists Blog: The Disturbing Facts of Gun Violence Research in the US
And here are a few of the recent pieces I recommend reading on other public health topics:
- Julia Belluz at Vox: Trump vs. “disease X”: The administration is setting up the US to botch a pandemic response.
- Vann R. Newkirk II at The Atlantic: Trump’s EPA Concludes Environmental Racism Is Real
- Jesseca Boyer in Guttmacher Policy Review: New Name, Same Harm: Rebranding of Federal Abstinence-Only Programs
- Priya Fielding-Singh in the Los Angeles Times: Why do poor Americans eat so unhealthfully? Because junk food is the only indulgence they can afford
- Shaun King at The Intercept: The NCAA Says Student-Athletes Shouldn’t Be Paid Because the 13th Amendment Allows Unpaid Prison Labor
Finally, something I enjoyed listening to recently: An episode of POLITICO’s Pulse Check in which Dan Diamond interviews Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County. They discuss the impact of federal budget cuts on local prevention work, why Hayes’s department is suing the Trump administration over its early termination of the county’s teen pregnancy prevention grant, and how local health departments can respond to substance use disorder and invest in healthier childhoods.