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It was a week of heartbreak in America as the second mass shooting in two weeks resulted in the death of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. A Slack channel we share with our colleagues around the world was lit up with horror and one basic question: Why doesn’t America stop these mass shootings – especially when more than half of Americans support stricter gun control?

An excellent article from Senior Politics + Society Editor Naomi Schalit took this and other pointed questions to political scientists Monika McDermott and David Jones. The professors explain why national polls like the one showing wide support for gun control legislation don’t dictate lawmakers’ agenda.

Next week, we’ll be looking into the police response in Uvalde and how the trauma of these events is affecting the health of American children.

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Emily Costello

Managing Editor

Editors' picks

An oil tank at Hungary’s Duna Refinery, which receives Russian crude oil through the Druzhba pipeline. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images

Europe is determined to cut fossil fuel ties with Russia, even though getting Hungary on board won’t be easy

Margarita Balmaceda, Seton Hall University

Former Soviet bloc nations have reason to worry about an embargo on Russian oil, but Europeans are finally recognizing the true costs of their longstanding energy dependence on Russia.

Yes, worry about Twitter, but don’t worry whether there are hordes of spambots running rampant there. gremlin/E+ via Getty Images

How many bots are on Twitter? The question is difficult to answer and misses the point

Kai-Cheng Yang, Indiana University; Filippo Menczer, Indiana University

Elon Musk’s focus on the number of bots on Twitter, whether genuine or a distraction, does little to address the problems of misinformation and spam. A pair of social media experts explain why.

Readers' picks

Monkeypox causes lesions that resemble pus-filled blisters, which eventually scab over. CDC/Getty Images

What is monkeypox? A microbiologist explains what’s known about this smallpox cousin

Rodney E. Rohde, Texas State University

Monkeypox has been spreading in humans since as early as 1970. While most monkeypox infections are mild, some can be fatal.

The archbishop of San Antonio, Gustavo Garcia-Siller, comforts families following a deadly school shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022. AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills

What we know about mass school shootings in the US – and the gunmen who carry them out

James Densley, Metropolitan State University ; Jillian Peterson, Hamline University

Of the 13 mass school shootings that have taken place in the US, the three most deadly occurred in the last decade. Data from these attacks helped criminologists build a profile of the gunmen.


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