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Virtual Event: John Woodrow Cox, Children Under Fire, in conversation with Shannon Watts

Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 7:00pm


East City Bookshop welcomes Washington Post journalist John Woodrow Cox with his new book Children Under Fire in conversation with activist and founder of Moms Demand Action Shannon Watts.

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About Children Under Fire

There is no vaccine for gun violence, but that does not mean we are powerless to stop it. Pulitzer Prize finalist John Woodrow Cox spent more than two years reporting on the debilitating effects of gun violence on children for The Washington Post. Children Under Fire: An American Crisis is the culmination of Cox’s incredible reportage, and an intimate look at the children whose lives have been irreparably harmed by shootings. In Children Under Fire, John Woodrow Cox shares new data on campus lockdowns, the growing school security industry, the actual number of children who have experienced shootings at school, and the long term effects on children of color when chronically exposed to the threat of gun violence in their neighborhoods, just to name a few subjects.

In the United States, a child is shot, on average, every hour of every day. In the past decade, 15,000 children were killed by gunfire, and that bare statistic fails to account for the hundreds of thousands who weren’t shot and aren’t considered victims but who have, nonetheless, been emotionally scarred by this epidemic. Though they get the most attention, school shootings account for only a tiny percentage of gun violence experienced by children. Evidence shows that the trauma of living in a neighborhood with high levels of gun violence or participating in active shooter drills in school can be just as serious psychologically as being on campus during a shooting. In Children Under Fire, Cox takes an entirely new approach to this public health crisis, arguing that the physical and psychological wellbeing of our nation’s children is not a partisan issue, and that the second amendment has nothing to do with the need for research funding, commonsense gun safety laws, and education.

About John Woodrow Cox

John Woodrow Cox is a staff writer at The Washington Post. He was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and has won Scripps Howard’s Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Storytelling, the Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, and Columbia Journalism School’s Meyer “Mike” Berger Award for human-interest reporting, among other honors. He attended the University of Florida, where he has taught narrative writing and currently serves on the Department of Journalism’s Advisory Council. He lives outside Washington, DC, with his wife, Jenn.

About Shannon Watts

Shannon Watts is the founder of the nation’s largest grassroots group fighting against gun violence, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, with chapters in every state effecting change at the local, state and national level. Her book, Fight Like a Mother: How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World, was released in May of 2019.

Children Under Fire: An American Crisis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062883933
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - March 30th, 2021