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A few charts really clarify the problem with guns that no one's talking about.

We're pretty good at ignoring these problems, but by putting them together, maybe we'll pay attention.

A few charts really clarify the problem with guns that no one's talking about.

So just to recap:

  • There is a mass killing in America every two weeks. That means that once every 14 days, someone kills four or more people.
  • Two-thirds of all mass killings involve guns.
  • At the same time, we've cut $1.6 billion from state mental health services nationwide over the last five years.
  • Only 20% of children ages 8-15 living with a mental illness receive treatment.

If we want to get serious about reining in gun violence in the U.S. — especially considering how difficult it is to get even the most limited gun regulations passed here — we have to get serious about improving our mental health care system. We've got to fund it and destigmatize it so people don't feel shame about seeking treatment.


This is not to imply that most people living with a mental illness are violent. Far from it. But because "severe mental health disorders that go untreated can increase the risk for violence," making it easier, more affordable, and less shameful to seek treatment is really the least we can do for people who are suffering.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vincent Price holding replica of Peter Lorre's head.

When I saw that Vincent Price was trending, I assumed that it was for something Halloween oriented. After all, the man is pretty much the king of the holiday, is he not?

Much to my ignorant surprise, that was not the case. As it turns out, one Twitterer was giving the world a crash course on all things VP, and her informative thread received so much positive attention, #VincentPrice began breaking the internet. Many, like myself, were thrilled to learn a bit more about the Halloween King, who was actually a real-life hero.

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