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When it comes to Gun Violence, Our News Media is Failing Us

Author: Matt Jordan, Ph.D.
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Article Topics: gun violence, mass shootings, school shootings, gun lobby, Uvalde, TX, news media, infotainment America occupies an exceptional place in the world among democratic countries with highly developed economies. And it’s not an exceptionalism we should be proud of. Gun violence kills more human beings per capita in the US than anywhere else, 20 times more than our closest rival. And as for mass shootings, we’re number 1 . It’s not even close. American civilians own more guns than the next 25 countries combined . The sum of this ghastly arithmetic — when a population with as many angry or unstable people as other peer countries has unfettered access to technology designed to kill — is…

Gun ownership and school shootings

Author: Lacey N. Wallace, PhD
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Article Topics: gun violence, school shootings, red flag laws, Extreme Risk Protection Orders, mental illness, threat assessment teams, gun ownership, gun suicide, gun homicide, stigma Due to widespread news coverage, many of us can list the locations of school shootings as quickly as we can count off items on our weekly grocery list: Sandy Hook Elementary, Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and now Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Although no action we take can bring back those lost in these acts of violence, there are lessons we can take away from each shooting that may help us better understand the context of gun violence and how future school shootings may be prevented. A critical challenge is separating fact from myth…