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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 […]

Parkland, a New President, & a New Session of Congress


One year ago, a majority in the Virginia state legislature aligned with their governor to take actions intended to reduce the risk of gun violence.  The members of that state’s General Assembly enacted a series of measures—amid emotional debate, controversy, and large scale protests—that reflected policy analysts’ conclusions about the […]

What a Difference a Year Makes (and Not in a ...



In the aftermath of the violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol, the members of Michigan’s State Capitol Commission unanimously approved a prohibition on citizens’ openly carried firearms within the Michigan Capitol. During that meeting, the measure was presented as the result of negotiations among the commissioners, implying that there are […]

The Latest Developments: The State Capitol Commission & the ...


On Monday, the Michigan State Capitol Commission voted unanimously to support a limited prohibition on citizen-carried firearms inside the state Capitol.  It had appeared that the majority of commissioners wanted to leave any action on this issue to the legislature. However, the legislature never acted in 2020 and the terrorist […]

The Michigan State Capitol Commission’s Modest “First Step”