What We've Become: Living and Dying in a Country of Arms

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About the Author

Jonathan M. Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II professor of sociology and psychiatry and the director of the Department of Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University. The award-winning author of Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland and other books, he hails from Kansas City, Missouri, and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.


I know of few other thinkers who so consistently diagnose what ails America. This is the clarion call to everyone who professes concern about the state of guns in this country. If we stand a chance in hell of fighting back and remaking American in the image of gun safety, we need this book now!--Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times best-selling author of Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
Jonathan M. Metzl has done it again. The implications of this vital work are immense, far reaching, and necessarily disruptive.--Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH
This extraordinary book takes a deep dive into an act of racialized aggression in Nashville to show how our collective failure to stop mass shootings betrays the democracy envisaged by the framers of our Constitution: a democracy where people with differing viewpoints solve common problems by peaceful means.--Callie Kouri, Academy Award-winning creator of Nashville
What We've Become is a must-read material for policymakers, changemakers, and advocates who are asking not just how do we protect our families, but how do we save our country?--Representative John Ray Clemmons, chairman of the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus
Jonathan M. Metzl has his finger on the pulse of another critical blind spot in American culture. This book will change the way we think about guns in America.--Brittney Cooper, author of Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
Jonathan M. Metzl probes the question many of us ask each time another mass shooting occurs: How can lawmakers allow the slaughter to continue unabated despite its obvious toll on human lives? An essential contribution to the raging national debate.--Dorothy Roberts, author of Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty
A revelation. Jonathan M. Metzl puts forth an unflinching diagnosis of the origins of rampant gun violence. A brave book from a visionary thinker that will save lives.--Alondra Nelson, Institute for Advanced Study