Gun Violence

July 27, 2018 • Volume 28, Issue 27
Have efforts to control firearms reached a turning point?
By Tom Price

Introduction

Student activists in Chicago (Cover: Getty Images/Jim Young)
Student activists in Chicago joined students across the country to rally against gun violence on April 20, 2018, the anniversary of a 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. Such protests have energized the gun control movement, but the nation remains deeply divided on gun policy. (Cover: Getty Images/Jim Young)

As mass shootings continue to horrify the nation, advocates of stricter gun laws are optimistic that their movement is turning a corner. Young activists led by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., scene of a Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17, have drawn hundreds of thousands of supporters to March for Our Lives rallies across the country. Meanwhile, several states traditionally opposed to gun control have banned devices that enable semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly. And polls show fewer and fewer Americans own guns. But many observers are skeptical that lawmakers will tighten gun laws. Gun-rights supporters continue to challenge the constitutionality of restraints on firearm ownership and say the solution to gun violence is to enforce existing laws, not pass new ones. Political analysts, meanwhile, say Australia and other nations that have reduced gun violence by strictly regulating firearms offer a possible model for the United States.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Gun Control and the Second Amendment
Jul. 27, 2018  Gun Violence
Jan. 27, 2017  Guns on Campus
Mar. 08, 2013  Gun Control
Oct. 31, 2008  Gun Rights Debates Updated
May 25, 2007  Gun Violence
Nov. 12, 2004  Gun Control Debate
Dec. 19, 1997  Gun Control Standoff
Jun. 10, 1994  Gun Control
Mar. 22, 1991  Reassessing the Nation's Gun Laws
Nov. 13, 1987  Gun Control
Dec. 13, 1985  Guns in America: the Debate Continues
Jul. 19, 1972  Gun Control: Recurrent Issue
Nov. 11, 1959  Firearms Control
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Congress Actions
Conservatism and Liberalism
Consumer Protection and Product Liability
Crime and Law Enforcement
Gun Control
Internet and Social Media
Judicial Appointments
Lobbying and Special Interests
Party Politics
Party Politics
Protest Movements
Regulation and Deregulation
Student Movements
Supreme Court History and Decisions