There Is No Such Thing As A Gun, And 8 Other Lessons From The Gun Business Beat

There Is No Such Thing As A Gun, And 8 Other Lessons From The Gun Business Beat

Shooting an AR-15 Last weekend, I went to an event sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation in the muggy summer heat of western Virginia. There, I shot an AR-15. I learned something about myself in those moments when I was standing on the firing end of an incredibly powerful weapon. In fact, I’ve learned a lot over the past six months as I’ve covered the business of guns. It’s not an easy beat, because it requires thinking and reading about the many ways people hurt each other. Writing about the business of guns responsibly, in ways that acknowledge both the tragedies on the other end of a gun, like the Capital Gazette shooting, and the points of view of people who own guns and deal in them, is a challenge. Lately, I’ve decided that when I need to mention a mass shooting, I’ll always try to acknowledge the deaths , like that of Wendi Winters , who deeply loved her Annapolis community. I started covering the business of guns in part because the decline of high-quality print journalism in the past two decades means nuance is being lost. I believe nuance is crucial to sustain a pluralistic society, here and abroad. That’s part of the reason I covered the Middle East for three years; we all suffer from many Americans’ inability to see that region without prejudice. And business, which tends to be a reasonably neutral and thankfully numbers-based lens through which to write, is a good platform […]

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