Magazine March 19, 2018, Issue

Gun-Violence Restraining Orders Can Save Lives

(Luba Myts)
An underused tool to prevent mass shootings.

In the annals of “See something, say something,” there are few more heartbreaking and infuriating reads than the transcript of an informant’s call to the FBI on January 5, 2018. In a 13-minute detailed report, a person claiming to be close to Parkland, Fla., school shooter Nikolas Cruz described in excruciating detail Cruz’s mental problems, his violent tendencies, and the concern that he would go “into a school and just [shoot] the place up.”

The caller listed Instagram accounts, described pictures of Cruz posing with guns, and said that Cruz was “into ISIS” and had threatened his mother with a rifle

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Books, Arts & Manners


Seizing the Future

Arthur Herman reviews The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World, by Charles C. Mann.




Rejecting Despair While admitting that William F. Buckley Jr. himself would probably have a more optimistic take, Richard Brookhiser writes: “The conservative movement is no more. Its destroyers are Donald Trump ...
The Week

The Week

• We don’t even want public-school teachers teaching our kids. • Historically, the National Rifle Association has derived its political power from two sources. The first is the broad popularity of ...


Sometimes the frost comes early when it might have held its crystallizing of the leaves.
Happy Warrior

Brushing Alone

Your views on Delta Airlines and Hertz rental cars now correspond to how compelling you found the cable-news appearances of a survivor of the Parkland school shooting.


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