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Thanks for visiting my website. I'm focusing on the blog now, while Allison and I gear up for our trip to Asia later this year. My published writing is also archived here, as well as travel photography from previous trips I've taken. 

Gun Headlines Collage

Gun Headlines Collage

It's been about three weeks since the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, and during that time there has been a lot of talk on social media and cable news about how to make American schools safer: Should we arm the teachers, improve the mental health system, make semi-automatic rifles illegal (or at least harder to get)? Personally, I'm of the opinion that NO CIVILIAN needs an semi-automatic rife—they are essentially weapons of war—but this isn't actually going to be a blog post where I rant about who needs a gun and who doesn't, what kinds of guns we need or don't need, or the true meaning of the Second Amendment. It's an art project! 

During the last few weeks, I've been paying closer attention to the gun-related headlines that pop up as I'm scrolling the News app on my phone. I started taking screen shots, and I've turned them into a collage. Most are completely absurd—they'd be comical, in fact, if they weren't also so tragic and thoroughly unnecessary. None of these headlines has anything to do with the Stoneman Douglas shooting specifically or AR-15s in particular. The gun problem in the United States is much broader and deeper than that. These are just snippets of daily life—and death—in America, taken from websites and news organizations of all kinds (Fox, CNN, Vice, Daily News, HuffPo, and others). They are presented in no particular order. This project took me hardly any time at all, and I'm sure I could make a brand-new one every couple of weeks... 

The Unquiet Americans (and Chinese)

The Unquiet Americans (and Chinese)