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Marjory Stoneman Douglas students gather in the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee Feb. 21, 2018 to confront legislators about stricter gun laws. Gerald Herbert/AP Photo

More mental health care won’t stop the gun epidemic, new study suggests

A new study looks at whether deaths by suicide could be lowered with mental health care. To a small degree, yes. But a look at the costs suggests there may be better ways to prevent shooting deaths.
Students leave Columbine High School late April 16, 2019, in Littleton, Colo., following a lockdown at the school and other Denver area schools. David Zalubowski/AP

How Columbine became a blueprint for school shooters

Media coverage of the Columbine school shooting that took place in 1999 has ended up becoming a playbook for school shooters in the United States and beyond, an analysis of school shootings reveals.
Community members come together in Parkland, Florida, to mark the first anniversary of the killing of 14 students and three staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Cristobal Herrera/EPA

What Parkland’s experience tells us about the limits of a ‘security’ response to Christchurch

Parkland, Florida, where 17 people died in a school shooting on Valentine's Day 2018, was already a place of highly secure, gated communities, so the survivors instead united against guns and hate.
Yolanda Renee King, the grandchild of Martin Luther King Jr., alongside Jaclyn Corin, a Parkland survivor and activist. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

3 ways activist kids these days resemble their predecessors

These youngsters have ample fervor, and they are dramatically photogenic. Dismissing them as being fake or lightweight can spell trouble for members of the establishment.
School shooters tend to have a death wish, new research shows. Constantine Pankin from www.shutterstock.com

School shooters usually show these signs of distress long before they open fire, our database shows

School shooters typically show warning signs long before they become killers, but educators are sometimes ill-equipped to act on what they see, two researchers who are analyzing mass shooters say.
Sgt. Ron Helus, killed by gunshot Nov. 8, 2018, was remembered and honored at his funeral Nov. 14, 2018. Al Seib /Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool

Forget lanes – we all need to head together toward preventing firearm injury

In response to the NRA telling doctors to 'stay in their lane' on gun control, doctors loudly and clearly came back with this response: This is our lane. A surgeon explains their concern and urgency.
A hand touches the monument that honours the 26 coal miners who perished in the Westray mine disaster at the Westray Miners Memorial Park in New Glasgow, N.S. On the 26th anniversary of the disaster, are we doing enough to ensure those responsible for such disasters are accountable? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

The importance of accountability after deadly disasters

This week marks the 26th anniversary of the Westray mine disaster in Nova Scotia. There have been plenty of disasters since then but we still struggle to hold people to account when systems fail.
Police in front of Great Mills High School, the scene of a shooting on March 20, 2018, in Great Mills, Md. Alex Brandon/AP

School resource officers can prevent tragedies, but training is key

The debate over using school resource officers to prevent school shootings got a fresh airing, after an officer stopped a gunman at a Maryland high school. One researcher says training is key.
Students rally outside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, on March 14, 2018 to protest gun violence. Andrew Harnik/AP

Threat assessments crucial to prevent school shootings

In order to prevent school shootings, schools must use threat assessments like the ones that law enforcement uses to protect public figures, a leading expert on school safety argues on Capitol Hill.
Students from South Plantation High School, carrying placards, protest in support of gun control. Carlos Garcia/Reuters

What the National School Walkout says about schools and free speech

When students walked out of school to protest what they see as lax gun laws, some risked punishment from their schools. But it may be worth it to send a message, a First Amendment scholar argues.
A line of AR-15s are on display at gunmaker Daniel Defense in Georgia. AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane

Why do gun-makers get special economic protection?

The gun industry has been virtually immune from liability for the deaths and injuries caused by its products since 2005. Can this change?
Hundreds of students protesting gun violence marched to the Minnesota State Capitol on March 7, 2018. Jim Mone/AP

Teaching students how to dissent is part of democracy

As part of preparing students to live in a democracy, schools should teach students how to engage in political dissent, a philosophy of education scholar argues.

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