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Based on the acclaimed series—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—an intimate account of the devastating effects of gun violence on our nation’s children, and a call to action for a new way forward In 2017, seven-year-old Ava in South Carolina wrote a letter to Tyshaun, an eight-year-old boy from Washington, DC. She asked him to be her pen pal; Ava thought they could help eac Based on the acclaimed series—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—an intimate account of the devastating effects of gun violence on our nation’s children, and a call to action for a new way forward In 2017, seven-year-old Ava in South Carolina wrote a letter to Tyshaun, an eight-year-old boy from Washington, DC. She asked him to be her pen pal; Ava thought they could help each other. The kids had a tragic connection—both were traumatized by gun violence. Ava’s best friend had been killed in a campus shooting at her elementary school, and Tyshaun’s father had been shot to death outside of the boy’s elementary school. Ava’s and Tyshaun’s stories are extraordinary, but not unique. In the past decade, 15,000 children have been killed from gunfire, though that number does not account for the kids who weren’t shot and aren’t considered victims but have nevertheless been irreparably harmed by gun violence. In Children Under Fire, John Woodrow Cox investigates the effectiveness of gun safety reforms as well as efforts to manage children’s trauma in the wake of neighborhood shootings and campus massacres, from Columbine to Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Through deep reporting, Cox addresses how we can effect change now, and help children like Ava and Tyshaun. He explores their stories and more, including a couple in South Carolina whose eleven-year-old son shot himself, a Republican politician fighting for gun safety laws, and the charlatans infiltrating the school safety business. In a moment when the country is desperate to better understand and address gun violence, Children Under Fire offers a way to do just that, weaving wrenching personal stories into a critical call for the United States to embrace practical reforms that would save thousands of young lives. 


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Based on the acclaimed series—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—an intimate account of the devastating effects of gun violence on our nation’s children, and a call to action for a new way forward In 2017, seven-year-old Ava in South Carolina wrote a letter to Tyshaun, an eight-year-old boy from Washington, DC. She asked him to be her pen pal; Ava thought they could help eac Based on the acclaimed series—a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—an intimate account of the devastating effects of gun violence on our nation’s children, and a call to action for a new way forward In 2017, seven-year-old Ava in South Carolina wrote a letter to Tyshaun, an eight-year-old boy from Washington, DC. She asked him to be her pen pal; Ava thought they could help each other. The kids had a tragic connection—both were traumatized by gun violence. Ava’s best friend had been killed in a campus shooting at her elementary school, and Tyshaun’s father had been shot to death outside of the boy’s elementary school. Ava’s and Tyshaun’s stories are extraordinary, but not unique. In the past decade, 15,000 children have been killed from gunfire, though that number does not account for the kids who weren’t shot and aren’t considered victims but have nevertheless been irreparably harmed by gun violence. In Children Under Fire, John Woodrow Cox investigates the effectiveness of gun safety reforms as well as efforts to manage children’s trauma in the wake of neighborhood shootings and campus massacres, from Columbine to Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Through deep reporting, Cox addresses how we can effect change now, and help children like Ava and Tyshaun. He explores their stories and more, including a couple in South Carolina whose eleven-year-old son shot himself, a Republican politician fighting for gun safety laws, and the charlatans infiltrating the school safety business. In a moment when the country is desperate to better understand and address gun violence, Children Under Fire offers a way to do just that, weaving wrenching personal stories into a critical call for the United States to embrace practical reforms that would save thousands of young lives. 

56 review for Children Under Fire: An American Crisis

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Klee

    I’ve known John Cox’s brilliance as a writer for nearly two decades. We graduated journalism school together. Nevertheless, I write this review neutrally and not based on any friendship I have with the author. John knocks it out of the park with this book. He makes well-reasoned arguments for gun control and gun sense in America. He does that through countless interviews and in-depth reporting. He does that through the eyes of children whose lives will never be the same because of gun violence. I’ve known John Cox’s brilliance as a writer for nearly two decades. We graduated journalism school together. Nevertheless, I write this review neutrally and not based on any friendship I have with the author. John knocks it out of the park with this book. He makes well-reasoned arguments for gun control and gun sense in America. He does that through countless interviews and in-depth reporting. He does that through the eyes of children whose lives will never be the same because of gun violence. I urge everyone to read this book and think about how we can do better for our children. I hope that this book will be profoundly influential in effectuating real change, and not just “thoughts and prayers.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Clear-eyed, compassionate, and devasting but not hopeless. Through detailed reporting, Cox chronicles the impact of gun violence on children, including those who witness or lose family or friends to it. And, importantly, he looks at straightforward, research-backed policy changes that can make a big difference: universal background checks, punishing adults whose improperly secured guns are used by children and/or in crimes, and increased federal funding for public health research into gun violen Clear-eyed, compassionate, and devasting but not hopeless. Through detailed reporting, Cox chronicles the impact of gun violence on children, including those who witness or lose family or friends to it. And, importantly, he looks at straightforward, research-backed policy changes that can make a big difference: universal background checks, punishing adults whose improperly secured guns are used by children and/or in crimes, and increased federal funding for public health research into gun violence.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Guy Guarino

    Should be a must read for all Americans.

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    Albert Willem Mordhort

    Great I won the giveaway, can't wait to start reading Great I won the giveaway, can't wait to start reading

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