Matthew Green produces and edits The Lowdown, KQED’s multimedia news education blog, an online resource for educators and the general public. He previously taught journalism at Fremont High School in East Oakland, and has written for numerous local publications, including the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle. Email: email@example.com; Twitter: @KQEDlowdown
Included as a fundamental right in the U.S. Constitution, firearms have long played a pivotal role in America’s history and culture. Federal gun regulations, though, were largely nonexistent until well into the 20th Century, and today remain exceptionally lenient compared to gun laws in most other wealthy nations.
Correction: This article originally and incorrectly stated that the FBI defines a “mass shooting” as a single incident in which four or more people, including the gunman, are killed or injured by gunfire.
After months of watching the bloody battle from the sidelines, California is finally getting its chance to weigh in. On Tuesday, June 7 the Golden State hosts its presidential primary, one of the last state’s to participate in a nominating process that started way back in February.
Note: The rubber duck meme was temporarily removed by Chinese censors after it first appeared online in 2013, but reappeared the following year. Even the most subversive memes, it turns out, have limited shelf life.
America has never been a stranger to war. In our relatively short history as a nation, we’ve fought a lot of them: 11 official wars and numerous other domestic and international military conflicts that have collectively resulted in a huge number of casualties on both sides of the battlefield.