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Destroy All Samples of the Smallpox Virus

With a global alarm ringing because of an unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox, we should also consider a different but closely related viral threat.
Gigi Gronvall and Tara Kirk Sell coauthored the piece.


Polling is clear: Americans want gun control

The massacre of children at an elementary school in Texas is adding fresh urgency to the conversation about gun control in the United States, which has been politically fraught and lacking in progress. That’s not because of a lack of support for gun control. That support just needs a little bit of parsing.


Will Buffalo and Uvalde spur action on gun violence?

The nation is united in grief after mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde. Last week, President Biden called for change, "I am sick and tired of it. We have to act. And don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage." The Gun Violence Archive counts more than 200 mass shootings in the U.S. this year. Will recent tragedies spur action?