A news report recently presented this disturbing headline: “There Were At Least 11 Mass Shootings Across the US This Weekend” (Silverman, 2021).  Critics often express concern that the news media’s attention to such events distorts our understanding of gun violence in the United States.  Indeed, if one were to view […]

Looking for Lessons Within Reports of Multiple Mass Shootings

Boulder.  Indianapolis.  Austin.  The list of cities with publicized mass shootings grows with disturbing frequency.  We notice—momentarily.  We mourn—momentarily.  And then the next event happens.  Much like new email messages pushing prior messages out of view in our inboxes, each publicized shooting risks obscuring our focus and memory with respect […]

Looking for Insight Amid Repetitive Reports of Gloomy News

Scholars who study public policy focus on the stages of the processes for developing laws and policies to address society’s problems. Such policy-process stages include “problem definition” and “formulation” of the wording for new laws. These two stages can pose challenges. Ideally, we would like to achieve a consensus concerning […]

Every “Oh No, Not Again!” Is a Call for Legislative ...

With news media coverage dominated by so many important developments concerning COVID, economic relief for struggling Americans, and investigations of the domestic terrorists’ attack on the U.S. Capitol, it can be difficult to take note of less prominent reports.  Yet, we know from experience that stories related to the continuing […]

Guns in the News: Sobering Reminders and Protective Actions

As noted in recent news reports, Valentine’s Day marked the third anniversary of the horrific mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Using the same type of weapon previously used to kill 26 people in 2012 at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Parkland shooter used […]

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