What We’ve Become: Living and Dying in a Country of Arms

Jonathan M. Metzl

An urgent wake-up call about the future of gun safety reform in America.

When a naked, mentally ill white man with an AR-15 killed four young adults of color at a nearby Waffle House, Nashville-based physician and gun policy scholar Jonathan M. Metzl once again advocated for commonsense gun reform. But as he peeled back evidence surrounding the racially charged mass shooting, a shocking question emerged: Did the approach he championed have it all wrong?

Long a leading expert at the forefront of a movement advocating for gun reform as a matter of public health, Metzl has been on constant media call in the aftermath of fatal shootings. But the 2018 Nashville killings led him on a path toward recognizing the limitations of biomedical frameworks for fully diagnosing or treating the impassioned complexities of American gun politics. Increasingly, as Metzl came to understand it, public health is a harder sell in a nation that fundamentally disagrees about what it means to be safe, healthy, or free. This brilliant, piercing analysis shows mass shootings as a symptom of our most unresolved national conflicts.

WHAT WE’VE BECOME ultimately sets us on the path of alliance-forging, racial-reckoning, and political power-brokering we must take to put things right.

Published: January 30, 2024
Title: What We've Become: Living and Dying in a Country of Arms
Author: Jonathan M. Metzl
ISBN: 9781324050261
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Language: English
Formats: ePub


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