Issue No. 13 | Trigger Warnings

Under the Gun

Guns are a way of life—a tool for some, a terror for others. Our July issue opens with a Monologue featuring Senator Kirsten Gillibrand railing against the greed of the NRA and continues with the documentary Awakening: After Parkland, in which students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prepare to perform Spring Awakening, a musical in which young people find their voices in a world ravaged by the mistakes of adults. Our storytelling package continues with pieces about how the lack of police presence in Puerto Rico has residents taking up arms, the history of African American gun rights, and a photo essay depicting Revolutionary War soldiers wielding modern weaponry. Guns are now more lethal and readily available than ever. But what are we using them to fight against, and who are we really fighting for?

COLLAGE & ANIMATION BY MICHAEL TUNK

Monologue

Kirsten Gillibrand: Guns, Greed, and the NRA

New York State’s junior senator says that money has blinded the NRA to the real consequences of gun violence.

Automatic for the People

Armed militias were essential to the creation of America. But times have changed, and so has the firepower.

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Awakening: After Parkland

When a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, several students had just started rehearsal for Spring Awakening, the musical in which a group of troubled teenagers take on a repressive adult world, singing out the things they can’t otherwise say.

A Conversation With Spring Awakening’s Steven Sater

The writer and lyricist looks back on the creation of the musical in the wake of Columbine.

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This Is My Nerf Blaster, This Is My Gun

A soldier-turned-war-reporter on how child’s play is starting to look more like real combat—and vice versa.

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If I Was a Gamer, I’d Join the Army!

The US Army was looking for a new kind of recruit—someone with dexterity, skill, and patience. So it released a video game.

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A Few Good Mutants

A father and his sons melt, smoosh, carve, and reshape little green army men into “Super Soldiers.”

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The New Guard

Why Sweden, the country that’s been at peace longer than any other, embraces its military.

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Puerto Rico, Up in Arms

Is buying a gun the only way to feel safe in post-hurricane San Juan?

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The Unequal History of African American Gun Rights

When it comes to firearms, some Americans are more equal than others.

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Circuit City

In this short story, three employees of a big-box electronics store prepare for the heist of a lifetime.

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Scenes from a Gun Show

Except it looked a lot more like an AR-15 surplus depot.

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Becoming Private Nelson

For this patriotic American teenager, joining the military isn’t a choice—it’s a calling.

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It Takes a Fake Military Village

Deep in the Mojave Desert, the US military lets tourists play soldier in a camouflage Disneyland.

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About the Cover: Trigger Warnings

Collage artist Michael Tunk on the process he used to make the cover for our July issue, “Trigger Warnings.”

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