11 facts about gun violence in the United States

EDITED BY DYLAN MATTHEWS from Vox.com There’s roughly one gun for every person in America It’s pretty hard to count up all the guns in the United States, especially given how varied different states’ licensing and registration policies are. A 2012 Congressional Research Service report estimated that there were 310 million civilian guns in 2009: 114…

The Majority of Catholic Republicans Believe in Climate Change

by J. WESLEY JUDD from Pacific Standard (Photo: petrmalinak/Shutterstock)   Last week, Pope Francis released his long awaited—and preemptively leaked—encyclical, acknowledging climate change as mostly human-induced and cause for drastic transformation on both individual and nationwide levels. It was an unprecedented move by the leader of the Catholic Church, as religiosity has long been linked to…

‘Do Fathers Matter?’ Explores Dad’s Influence

from SciFriday In his new book Do Fathers Matter? What Science is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked, science writer Paul Raeburn writes of the surprising biological and genetic connections fathers have with their children. A father who’s depressed during his partner’s pregnancy, for instance, boosts the odds that his unborn child will be…

Americans Are Spending Too Much On Rent

from Here and Now A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition finds that rent is not affordable for a growing number of Americans. (amslerpix/Flickr) A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition finds that rent is not affordable for a growing number of Americans. Linda Couch, senior vice president for…

Political Power and Protest Can Undermine Crime

by Maria B. Velez, Christopher J. Lyons, and Wayne A. Santoro from The Society Pages The full research can be found here: “The Political Context of the Percent Black–Neighborhood Violence Link: A Multilevel Analysis,” Social Problems, 2015 Protestors in Oakland, CA. Photo by Annette Bernhardt, Flickr Creative Commons. Stories like those out of Ferguson and Baltimore show…