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Learning, Worrying, and Wondering ‘What If?’ While Reading the News

The news reports appear every day. More shootings. More heartache. More silence and inaction from those legislators who block consideration and ...
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Suicide and Firearms among American Youth: Two Problems Intrinsically Linked

Note: Gun violence prevention requires attention to a variety of underlying issues and problems. Suicide, in particular, represents a major ...
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Let’s not permit the issue of Gun Violence to be used for OTHER policy agendas…

Pick a day, any day.  News reports—at the local, state, and national level—tell us about troubling and tragic incidents of ...
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Day After Day, The Not-So-Happy News

Our fifteen-month pandemic experience gave us intensified problems with gun violence.  We do not know the precise cause of the ...
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We Sit Still. But the Problems Do Not.

I sit down at the computer on a quiet Sunday afternoon intending to briefly check the day’s news.  After typing ...
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Looking for Lessons Within Reports of Multiple Mass Shootings

A news report recently presented this disturbing headline: “There Were At Least 11 Mass Shootings Across the US This Weekend” ...
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Imagining What Is Possible

In recent weeks, I have received messages from different people comparing gun policy in the United States with laws, policies, ...
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Looking for Insight Amid Repetitive Reports of Gloomy News

Boulder.  Indianapolis.  Austin.  The list of cities with publicized mass shootings grows with disturbing frequency.  We notice—momentarily.  We mourn—momentarily.  And ...
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Numbness and Numbers

Tragedies produce numbers. This is true of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and other events that take lives and, at least momentarily, ...
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Every “Oh No, Not Again!” Is a Call for Legislative Action

Scholars who study public policy focus on the stages of the processes for developing laws and policies to address society’s ...
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New Bills Begin to Move Forward in Congress

LEGISLATIVE ACTION: Enhanced Background Checks Act, Violence Against Women Act, and more!On March 11, the U.S. House of Representatives approved ...
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Guns in the News: Sobering Reminders and Protective Actions

With news media coverage dominated by so many important developments concerning COVID, economic relief for struggling Americans, and investigations of ...
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Parkland, a New President, & a New Session of Congress

As noted in recent news reports, Valentine’s Day marked the third anniversary of the horrific mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman ...
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What a Difference a Year Makes (and Not in a Good Way)

One year ago, a majority in the Virginia state legislature aligned with their governor to take actions intended to reduce ...
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The Latest Developments: The State Capitol Commission & the MI Legislature

In the aftermath of the violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol, the members of Michigan’s State Capitol Commission unanimously approved ...
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