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Q & A
Rising homicides, the pandemic, and drug overdoses have created unprecedented loss in Cook County. Medical examiners see the devastation up close.
Duke Law professor Darrell Miller explains how a strain of Second Amendment advocacy convinced some Americans that they have the right to use violence against political opponents.
Roberto Aspholm spent years researching the transformation of the city’s gangs. He says law enforcement in Chicago hasn’t caught up.
The Trace spoke with a former New York State trooper about preventing self-harm among a group of people who are usually armed.
Katherine Schweit thinks people don’t realize how much power they have to prevent mass shootings.
Gun rampages do more than kill and injure. They also damage Americans’ communal life. Yale sociologist Vida Bajc analyzes the aftershocks.
Reverend Deanna Hollas is being touted as the country’s first minister of gun violence prevention. "We’re called to care about everybody and every child," she said.
After the shooting, Frank DeAngelis made a vow to rebuild his school. Now he’s coaching administrators who have endured tragedies of their own.
How We Fix This
To curb homicides, Eric Jones started by having the Stockton, California PD focus on repairing its relationship with residents. “More than ever, I see trust in police connected to reducing violent crime.”
Free to Shoot Again
Professor David Kennedy on the link between effective investigations and community trust.
We talked to author Alex Kotlowitz about what’s changed, and what hasn’t, in his city over the past 30 years.
Shootings fell again in 2018. An expert unpacks the possible causes, and explains why the city still has a long way to go.
National Rifle Association
Tamika Mallory says the gun group is “waging war against protesters.”
Andrew Boss leads a 17-person task force based in the Bronx.
But a leading expert on the politics of guns still sees constraints to the group’s most radical policy goals.