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Michael Ian Black never thought of himself as qualified to speak out against gun violence. But after seeing repeated school shootings — from Sandy Hook in 2012, which happened in the next town over from his Redding home, to Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 — he found himself asking an obvious question he had not heard addressed. Why are America’s boys so broken — as all these shooters were boys. And what does it mean to be a man today?
An op-ed in the New York Times turned into a book, which debuted this fall, “A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son,” published by Penguin Random House. The comedian known for starring in “Wet, Hot American Summer” and “The Jim Gaffigan Show” previously wrote childrens and humor books.