Bad dream: American gun owners are living in a dark fantasy world, where things are liable to explode into violence at any minute, Kurt Andersen writes. And innocent people are punished for their obsessions.
Speak up: Why won’t the Supreme Court consider stepping into the debate over the Second Amendment? Dahlia Lithwick picks apart the court’s seven-year silence on the subject.
Hmmmm: Is the NRA really throwing its weight behind a bump stocks ban? Jim Newell isn’t so sure.
Blade ... why: Ever wondered why Blade Runner was named that? (Knives don’t feature heavily in the original movie or the sequel. Nor does jogging.) Abraham Riesman uncovers a tale of two scripts.
Dr. Counselor: As universities pull back from funding mental health centers, adjunct professors—themselves poorly paid and with zero job security—find themselves acting as outlets for their students. It’s not a comfortable position, Lindsay Bernhagen writes.
For fun: Mike Francesa on Kazuo Ishiguro.