Mike Weisser is a lifelong N.R.A. member and former gun dealer who blogs as Mike the Gun Guy, but he is critical about how the N.R.A. uses fear to further its pro-gun agenda. The New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos asked Weisser how the organization’s marketing squares up with reality. When she’s not attending to her congregation, Pastor Carolyn Gillette leads a second career writing hymns that address current events, including tragedies like the mass shooting in Orlando. Mary Karr looks back on her tortured love affair with high heels, and Jack Handey offers suggestions to make your Fourth of July celebration truly the bomb.
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