A man walks into a gun store and is 'blindsided' by what he reads on the price tag.

Over 60% of Americans believe owning a gun will make them safer.

But if people looking to buy guns for the very first time knew what those guns were capable of, would they buy them? That's what this social-experiment PSA set out to answer:

This pop-up "gun shop" is part of a campaign called Guns with History.


And it's bringing a unique element to the conversation about gun laws.

Instead of presenting people with statistics and tired political talking points, they gave them stories — the history of each and every gun on display.

While background checks for gun buyers are important, maybe giving potential buyers backgrounds on the guns themselves can be even more powerful.

The campaign has an amazing website with an online "gun store" that includes videos of cases in which each of the guns was used with deadly purpose.

It even has a personalized quiz to help people assess whether buying a gun is, in fact, going to make them safer, which is almost never for the average person, as many of the store's patrons — even supporters of Second Amendment rights — came to find out:

There was also a lot of this sort of reaction:

The debate over gun laws in the United States is frustrating.

Each side holds onto their positions for dear life. Gun safety advocates point to mortality statistics, studies, and polls that show the majority of citizens actually want stronger gun laws. And gun rights advocates lean on the Second Amendment like a crutch.

But this experiment should remind us that in all the political hubbub, we can't forget to connect the dots.

The campaign organizers are going after Congress, armed with the voices of concerned people like you. If you'd like to join the fight, sign this petition in support of three simple rules changes:

  1. Background checks on all gun sales.
  2. A ban on assault weapons.
  3. A limit on the capacity of ammunition magazines.
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Did you know one in five families are unable to provide everyday essentials and food for their children? This summer was also the hungriest on record with one in four children not knowing where their next meal will come from – an increase from one in seven children prior to the pandemic. The effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt around the country and many people struggle to secure basic needs. Unemployment is at an all-time high and an alarming number of families face food insecurity, not only from the increased financial burdens but also because many students and families rely on schools for school meal programs and other daily essentials.

This school year is unlike any other. Frito-Lay knew the critical need to ensure children have enough food and resources to succeed. The company quickly pivoted to expand its partnership with Feed the Children, a leading nonprofit focused on alleviating childhood hunger, to create the "Building the Future Together" program to provide shelf-stable food to supplement more than a quarter-million meals and distribute 500,000 pantry staples, school supplies, snacks, books, hand sanitizer, and personal care items to schools in underserved communities.

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It also helps when someone upends a stereotype by saying or doing something unexpected.

Fair or not, certain parts of the U.S. are associated with certain cultural assumptions, perhaps none more pinholed than the rural south. When we hear Appalachia, a certain stereotype probably pops up in our minds—probably white, probably not well educated, probably racist. Even if there is some basis to a stereotype, we must always remember that human beings can never be painted with such broad strokes.

Enter Tyler Childers, a rising country music star whose old-school country fiddling has endeared him to a broad audience, but his new album may have a different kind of reach. "Long Violent History" was released Friday, along with a video message to his white rural fans explaining the culminating track by the same name. Watch it here:

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The legality of abortion is one of the most polarized debates in America—but it doesn’t have to be.

People have big feelings about abortion, which is understandable. On one hand, you have people who feel that abortion is a fundamental women’s rights issue, that our bodily autonomy is not something you can legislate, and that those who oppose abortion rights are trying to control women through oppressive legislation. On the other, you have folks who believe that a fetus is a human individual first and foremost, that no one has the right to terminate a human life, and that those who support abortion rights are heartless murderers.

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Father Alek Schrenk is known as one of the "9 Priests You Need to Follow on Twitter." He proved his social media skills Sunday night after finding a creepy note on a parked car and weaving a lurid Twitter tale that kept his followers on the edge of their pews.

Father Schrenk was making his nightly walk of the church grounds to make sure everything was fine before retiring to the rectory, when he found a car parked by itself in front of the school.

Curious, he looked inside the car and saw a note that made his "blood run cold" attached to the steering wheel. "Look in trunk!" the note read. What made it extra creepy was that the two Os in "look" had smiley faces.

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