To Our Readers: May 23, 1994

Scratch a good reporter, and more often than not you'll find a secret reformer. Even when they're caught up in the weekly rush of wars and scandals, most journalists harbor the hope that the work they do will somehow, in ways they may not even understand, change the world.

Yet rare is the story that does lead to concrete action. Chicago bureau chief Jon Hull's cover story "A Boy and His Gun," (Aug. 2, 1993), about the deadly love affair between America's kids and their guns, is one such exception. Hull spent five weeks last summer hanging out with a gun-toting...

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