Why machine gunning is just another day out for trigger-happy Americans

BANG. I jump out of my skin, but my instructor Cliff doesn’t even flinch. As he resumes his explanation of how to aim and fire the Heckler and Koch MP5 submachine gun, I’m bracing myself for the next one. The shooter is mere feet away, separated from us by a handful of metal partitions thatContinue reading “Why machine gunning is just another day out for trigger-happy Americans”

Here’s what I learned about America and guns from cruising the Caribbean

My American cruise companions may have lived in quiet suburbs or gated communities where they felt safe, but the presence of guns – in pockets, in opaque backpacks, in homes – means a vastly increased risk of them being murdered, or accidentally shot, compared to people in the UK.

Young people are ripping up the rules and creating a new kind of politics

I SUSPECT many readers of The National will be able to pinpoint the moment when they became pro-independence. Upon hearing a barnstorming speech, perhaps, or reading a powerful polemic. Many perhaps imagine the “don’t know” voters of Scotland can be swayed to the same position, if only they could have the same kind of transformativeContinue reading “Young people are ripping up the rules and creating a new kind of politics”