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Gun safety advocates hold signs during a rally to honor victims of gun violence on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, 2013. AP/Brennan Linsley

More mental health care alone will not stop gun violence

After mass killings, politicians feel compelled to offer solutions to gun violence. One of the most common answers is better access to mental health care, but research has found that's not effective.
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.
For the first time in decades, there is now a real possibility that some gun controls might be implemented. Colin Abbey/AAP

Articulate US teenagers could finally force action on gun control

Student activists are presenting important, emotionally powerful counter-narratives to those of the gun lobby. Their success will depend on whether they can sustain these efforts.
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.
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.
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.
Handgun in a holster, baby in a stroller at the 2016 NRA convention in Louisville, Kentucky. AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

How US gun control compares to the rest of the world

Mass shootings like the one at a GOP baseball game are more common in the US than in other industrialized nations. And they are getting more frequent and more deadly.

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