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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.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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