We don’t have a gun problem. Americans are just super extra evil, crazy, and stupid.

A gun is an inanimate object. It can’t do anything on its own. Like any other tool, the person using a gun determines its use, right? Therefore—obviously—our astronomical number of guns and comparatively loose gun laws aren’t to blame for America’s 33,000 firearm deaths per year. Guns aren’t the reason that Americans are ten times more likely to be killed by guns than citizens of other developed nations. Guns aren’t why our gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher and our gun suicide rate is eight times higher than 22 other high-income nations. [1] I mean, a gun can’t shoot itself, therefore guns have nothing to do with gun death statistics. The fact that the U.S. accounts for 90 percent …

Someone cleverly reversed the roles of women and men throughout history and it’s simply a brilliant must-read.

If men put themselves into women’s historical shoes for a hot second, how would they handle the heat? Author and Twitter user extraordinaire, A.R. Moxon (@JuliusGoat) shared a thread describing an alternate future where men experience the social and political reality that American women have experienced in the U.S. It’s brilliant. “Try to imagine men’s reactions,” Moxon wrote, “if it was known for a fact the next 45 presidents would be women, and after those 240 years, a man running was considered ‘identity politics.’ We would lose our entire minds.” Try to imagine men’s reactions, if it was known for a fact the next 45 presidents would be women, and after those 240 years, a man running was considered “identity …

A historically violent man shot and killed the mother of his son. This is why we need ‘red flag’ laws.

Brian Kennedy had been threatening to kill his ex-wife for years. Two weeks before he shot her at point blank range in a Wawa convenience store outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kennedy legally purchased a gun. On March 28th, Stephanie Miller walked into the Wawa convenience store where she was scheduled to pick up her son from her ex-husband. As part of a custody agreement and because Kennedy had threatened to kill her in the past, the two had agreed to exchange the boy in a public setting. However, instead of bringing along their boy, the 34-year-old was armed with the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle he had purchased. According to an affidavit of probable cause, he “said nothing” as he entered the store …

This baby was all alone in the hospital. Her nurse adopted her and changed their lives.

“Who’s this beautiful angel?” Those were the first words that Liz Smith, the director of Nursing at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts spoke to a blue-eyed baby she’d never met before. She was on her way to the elevator and expected to say nothing but a quick hello to a tiny hospital resident she didn’t recognize. The “beautiful angel,” it turned out, was an eight-month-old named Gisele. She was a ward of the state, and she’d already spent more than five months at the hospital being treated for conditions stemming from a premature birth and her mother’s drug use during pregnancy. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Franciscan Children’s (@franciscanchildrens) on Mar 6, 2019 at 10:55am …

After pictures of a ridiculous news graphic went viral, Fox host finally apologizes.

A recent blunder on ‘Fox & Friends’ went viral because it perfectly played into the common perception that the news channel traffics in ignorant racism. Recently, “Fox & Friends” ran a news graphic touting President Trump’s decision to end foreign aid to “3 Mexican countries.” (For the record there is only one Mexican country — Mexico.) This is an actual banner from “Fox & Friends Weekend.” 6:03am today. I double checked because I didn’t believe it at first. Hat tip @BadFoxGraphics pic.twitter.com/tTNH0Y7a25 — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 31, 2019 However, while the chyron ran, the Fox anchors correctly stated that the State Department announced the administration will be cutting federal aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. All of which …

A mom told women they shouldn’t wear leggings for her sons’ sakes. It backfired spectacularly.

Policing women’s bodies — and by consequence their clothes — is nothing new to women across the globe. But this mother’s “legging problem” is particularly ridiculous. What someone wears, regardless of gender, is a personal choice. Sadly, many folks like Maryann White, mother of four sons, think women’s attire — particularly women’s leggings are a threat to men. While sitting in mass at the University of Notre Dame, White was aghast by the spandex attire the young women in front of her were sporting. So, late last week, White penned a ‘letter to the editor’ that described leggings as an “unforgiving garment” and a problem only girls could solve. “I’ve thought about writing this letter for a long time. I …

This billboard for a sex toy is actually a brilliant message about women’s empowerment.

People tend to think of Canada as a progressive oasis and for good reason: quality health care, beautiful environmental landscapes and a general attitude of inclusion and tolerance are all very Canadian things. Of course, nobody is perfect and it turns out that Canada has some fairly regressive attitudes when it comes to women talking about sex in public. But one company has countered that narrative and is making a huge splash with their new billboard that contains an unmistakable message of female empowerment. Fun billboard copy out of Canada: “Scream your own name.” For sex toy company Wow Tech Group from agency @TheGardenVoice pic.twitter.com/xtHOU9Mu1d — David Griner (@griner) March 19, 2019 “You can use sex to sell anything, except …

Kindness costs nothing, but it can make all the difference. Here’s how.

Being kind takes so little effort. The effects, however, can be life-changing. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash Sometimes a smile can be the one thing that gets someone through their day. Sometimes receiving a friendly, quick phone call is all someone needs to make it through a hard time. If you’ve ever been shown an act of kindness, you know that even the smallest things can make a difference. Acts of kindness, however, can be as unique as people in this world, so we wanted to share some that might surprise you. We asked four people to tell us about a time that being shown kindness changed their worldview. Their answers may give you a whole new reason to be …

A homeless man left a note on a bus stop. The teenager who found it changed his life.

via Pedro Ribeiro Simões / Flickr Of all the horrors that people experiencing homelessness endure, being shunned by humanity is one of the most difficult to bear. Gregory P. Smith, a man who had no home for 25 years before turning his life around and receiving his PhD, has great advice for how we should treat people experiencing homelessness. “Maybe you cannot make a difference to that person’s circumstances, but you can make a difference to how you see them,” he said. “Many are hurting with the shame and stigma of being homeless. Don’t pretend they don’t exist: they are people too.” Charlotte Howard, a 16-year-old in England, didn’t look the other way when she saw a homeless person reaching …

Kentucky just passed a major abortion ban. Here’s how that could affect you.

Kentucky Legislature just became one more in a growing line of states to pass a strict abortion ban. Last night, the Kentucky state House passed a bill that would ban abortions after six weeks, otherwise known as a “heartbeat bill.” What that means is any medical practitioner offering abortions would first have to check for a heartbeat, and if one is detected, they would not be legally allowed to perform an abortion. As of now, there are only a few exceptions to the ban, for example, if the mother’s life is in danger, but if someone is seeking an abortion because of a fetal diagnosis, the ban would stand. The bill has now been sent to the Republican Governor Matt …

In rural Kenya, women’s healthcare can be hard to access. This program is changing that.

Susan, a 25-year-old who lives in rural West Pokot, Kenya, has a daily routine. All photos via Pfizer. She wakes up at 6am every day to get water from the river. She prepares breakfast for her family. She gets her five children ready for school. Then she sets off for work, caring for her animals and plowing the earth on her farm. On her one day off a week, she takes her family to church. She loves spending time with her family and community. Susan, and women like her, have always played an important role in the local culture. However, they’ve often had challenges accessing information and resources about their health, including the importance of healthy timing and spacing of …

Howand whyan ailing U.S. veteran is helping these Venezuelan refugees start a new life.

Luis and Jude Vivas, with their son, Luis Jr. Editor’s note: If you want to help the Vivas family, you can contribute directly to their GoFundMe campaign here. The campaign has been verified by the GoFundMe team, with 100% of the proceeds going toward immediate food, medical and housing needs for the family. When I connect with Jude and Luis Vivas, the couple is resting inside a tiny motel room in  Cúcuta, Colombia. The width of the room barely holds a small, twin sized bed that is covered in the six backpacks they carried across the Venezuelan border with their young son, Luis Jr. “We are very tired,” Jude says, translating the words of her husband into English. “Tired of …

This family is the face of Venezuela’s historic humanitarian crisis.

Luis and Jude Vivas, with their son, Luis Jr. Editor’s note: If you want to help the Vivas family, you can contribute directly to their GoFundMe campaign here. The campaign has been verified by the GoFundMe team, with 100% of the proceeds going toward immediate food, medical and housing needs for the family. When I connect with Jude and Luis Vivas, the couple is resting inside a tiny motel room in  Cúcuta, Colombia. The width of the room barely holds a small, twin sized bed that is covered in the six backpacks they carried across the Venezuelan border with their young son, Luis Jr. “We are very tired,” Jude says, translating the words of her husband into English. “Tired of …

KFC demoted an employee for wanting to pump at work. She just won a $1.5 million lawsuit against them.

Women have been re-entering the workforce after giving birth for decades now. You would think that employers would know how to treat new moms back on the job, but apparently some people still have a lot of learning to do. When Autumn Lampkins was hired to be an assistant manager at a Delaware Kentucky Fried Chicken just months after giving birth, she was told her new job wouldn’t interfere with her need to pump breastmilk. Instead, it did nothing but interfere. Lampkins claimed the KFC outlet gave her a hard time for wanting (and let’s face it, needing) to pump breast milk during her working hours. Lampkins filed a lawsuit against her former employer, stating she was demoted over it. …

A husband caring for his sick wife and 3 other stories on what caregiving is really like.

Being a caregiver is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Photo by Jaddy Liu on Unsplash Whether it’s your profession, calling, or you’re rising to the challenge for a loved one, there’s no denying that taking care of another person full-time is an important and often unsung job. The work is mainly done behind-the-scenes, and as many caregivers will take you, most people don’t take the time to ask “How are you?” or “Is there something I can do for you?” They see caregivers as unflappable. That means the humanity is sometimes a little lost. But what’s it really like to be a full-time caregiver? That’s a question best answered by the people who’ve been there working tirelessly …