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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.
Nikolas Cruz, facing 17 charges of premeditated murder, appears in court. REUTERS/Mike Stocker

School shooters: What can law enforcement do to stop them?

Florida does not have a 'red flag' law that would have let police seize Nikolas Cruz's guns before he killed. But there are actions law enforcement could have taken to address his murderous impulses.
Nearly half of all teachers report experiencing a lot of daily stress. AlenKadr/Shutterstock

The hidden threat of teacher stress

Nearly half of all teachers report having high levels of daily stress. Research shows that when teachers are stressed out, it can negatively affect students and schools.
Research shows that carrying a gun for self-defense comes with a host of risks.

Why Trump’s idea to arm teachers may miss the mark

While President Donald Trump suggests arming teachers would be a good way to stop school shootings, research shows that carrying firearms comes with a host of troublesome risks.
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School visiting the Florida Legislature on Feb. 21, 2018, to discuss gun control and mental illness. AP Photo/Gerald Strong

Mental illness and gun laws: What you may not know about the complexities

When mass shootings occur, some people insist the focus should be on mental illness, not gun control. A psychiatrist explains how that view misses the mark.
Samuel Zeif, an 18-year-old senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., cries after speaking during a listening session with President Donald Trump in Washington on Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump, guns and the warnings of history

What are we to make of a society in which young children have a greater sense of moral courage and social responsibility than the zombie adults who make the laws that fail to protect them?
Late actor and former National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston held a rifle aloft at a 2002 get-out-the-vote rally. AP Photo/Jim Cole

The NRA’s journey from marksmanship to political brinkmanship

The group, founded in 1871, didn’t try to smother virtually all gun control efforts until the mid-1970s.
US President Donald Trump talks to high school students about safety on campus following the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida school. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Arming teachers will only make US school shootings worse

There is not a skerrick of evidence that the Trump plan is workable.
Parents wait for news after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. AP/Joel Auerbach

Why security measures won’t stop school shootings

When school shootings take place, beefed up security is often seen as a solution. Experience shows, however, that school shootings stem from social factors that require a different response.
Were muskets in 1777 better regulated than assault rifles in 2017? Jana Shea/

Five types of gun laws the Founding Fathers loved

A leading historian of constitutional thought says the contemporary Second Amendment debate is founded on serious misunderstandings.
Students outside Columbine High School in Colorado in April 1999 following the mass shooting there. Some speculated that the shooters sought revenge for having been bullied. Greg Caskey/Reuters

A dangerous mix: Bullied youth report access to loaded guns more than other youth

Youth who are bullied may be at even higher risk than other youth for gun violence. These bullied youngsters were three times more likely to have access to a loaded gun, a recent study states.

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