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A year and a half ago, after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Joe Nocera, an Op-Ed columnist at the New York Times, asked me, an editorial assistant at the newspaper, to find out who gets shot in America every day.
Joe has a young child, and he was haunted by the fact that it could easily have been his own son in that classroom. We realized that we didn’t know who the majority of gun violence victims were, the people whose deaths didn’t make it onto a CNN broadcast.
Six weeks after Newtown, Joe wrote a column consisting of a few lines about shootings that had happened that week, presented without comment. He had a blog he wasn’t using, so starting the next day, I started writing at that blog by searching for America’s shooting victims.
The project began with just a couple of items unearthed during a Google news search, but after a few months I was searching ten pages deep — for “shooting,” “man shot,” “woman shot,” “child shot,” “teen shot” and “accidentally shot.” By the project’s end, the report featured 40 shootings a day. Of course, there were more, but I was only finding the ones reported in the news. This naturally limited my scope — most suicides aren’t reported at all.
In Iowa, it’s easier to sell a gun than lemonade. In Arkansas, it takes less time to buy a gun than to qualify for food stamps. In Arizona, you need a permit to cut hair, but not to carry a concealed weapon. In Florida you’re fingerprinted to be a substitute teacher, but not to buy or carry a gun. It’s easier to buy an assault weapon than it is to vote.
But in order to obtain a firearm in Japan, which has half the population of America and averages about four gun murders per year, you must fill out binders full of paperwork, listen to 20 hours of lectures, take a written test and a shooting class, pass a criminal background check, subject yourself to a physical and psychological exam, submit to half a dozen police interviews, and police interviews of your friends and family, as well. You are asked to produce a floor map of your home and indicate where a firearm will be stored, as well as photos of the locks on your gun safe. Approval usually takes a year. You need to jump through such extreme hoops to own guns — and can get arrested just for firing one — that the Yakuza, the mob in Japan, prefers not to use them.
In America, 60 percent of adult firearm deaths are a result of suicide.
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Day 2 of a four-day, Hulk-sized examination into every single James Bond film.
Calling Bond movies “problematic” is like calling the sky blue. Sometimes they work in spite of their problems and sometimes they don’t. This installment of Film Crit Hulk’s book-length series features a bit of everything: surprisingly good Bond movies, unsurprisingly racist and sexist Bond movies, the worst of Connery and the best of Moore. Big budget trash (which these movies all were, you guys) shouldn’t be such a cultural touchstone, but here we are. It happened. Dig it.
Comedian Allan Murray works, during the TV season, as a “warm-up,” a title that can be applied to less than 20 people in the country at this moment. What this means is that Murray is the guy who stands in front of the live, studio audience at a sitcom taping and keeps them invested in the process of filming the program—even when the taping stretches well past midnight. What’s often not known to the audience at home is that for the 22 minutes you see at home, there are sometimes five or six hours spent on a soundstage, tweaking every scene and line to make sure they’re just right. The only thing standing between the show keeping the audience on its side and outright mutiny is often the warm-up (and his reliable sidekick, the DJ), who aims to keep those long gaps between scenes light-hearted and funny, then drop the audience right back into the action when taping resumes. Murray talked to The A.V. Club about his career, why people in the audience might laugh at something that doesn’t play as funny on TV, and why he’s made more money not to act than he has for his acting.
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Asking someone to choose the most emblematic moment of the Germany-Brazil semifinal is like showing them David Lynch’s Eraserhead and then being like, “What did you think was weird about that?” The correct answer, in both cases, is “everything.” But if I had to pick one representative frame from the 90 minutes in which Germany turned the World Cup hosts and favorites into that AYSO U-11 team your dad coached, it would be this: Up seven goals to zero, against Zombie Brazil, Mesut Özil botched an easy chance at goal no. 8, and Bastian Schweinsteiger actually yelled at him.