The plan is as follows: we shall take the chariot, journey to the home of mine mother, take with us Elizabeth, travel forth to the Winchester, drink deeply of its brews, and patiently await for this storm of misfortunes to pass us by.
- Rosencrantz, Hamlet
Take the car, go to Mum’s, kill Phil, grab Liz, go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all this to blow over. - Shaun, Shaun of the Dead
While toy libraries target younger children, libraries that offer video games draw teens. A librarian at the Houston Public Library tells NPR that offering game consoles and iPads “results in a 15% to 20% increase in the circulation of books.” The games themselves also seem to help struggling readers, with some reading text in video game format “that was up to eight grades above their reading level,” says Constance Steinkuehler, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin.
Having gaming available at libraries has other advantages as well. It gives lower-income youth the chance to play games they may not be able to afford; offers teenagers a safe place; and helps teens understand that the library is a place where they can belong.
By now, the cycle is familiar. One morning the news will light up with reports of a lone gunman wreaking havoc in a public place or a loved one’s home. For days, left-wing politicians and grieving families will plead for common sense gun control legislation, even as conservatives and NRA reps make their usual “gun’s don’t kill people, people do” stump speeches. And then, as quickly as the tragedy entered the public consciousness, it falls off the radar, forgotten until the next mass shooting occurs. According to a new interactive report from Everytown for Gun Safety, Americans have experienced about two mass shootings (involving four or more deaths) each month since January 2009. The report, which relies on FBI data and media reports from the last four years, exposes alarming trends in US gun violence. Here are some of the most striking statistics: 42% of mass shooters possessed their guns illegally because they were felons, domestic abusers, or were otherwise prohibited under federal law from having guns.