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Preventing School Shootings: Examining the Gun Control Debate in America

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“After Parkland, MC Students Engage In National Gun Debate – @Montgomerycollege.” *Mcblogs.montgomerycollege.edu *. N.p., 2018. Web. 20 June 2018.

This article is about the gun control debate that has been ongoing in the US for quite a long period. Various views are aired in the article and most of the discussion is for tight policies to be implemented on gun policies.
Assessment: this article will be used to illustrate how far the debate about gun control has gone. It will be used to a smaller extent to air different views of the student on the issue of gun control and their opinion about how it is linked to school shootings that have recently occurred.
Analysis: The article though brief but gives the actual view of the debate and also shows the degree at which majority of the people are for the amendment of the gun control act.

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Bidgood, Jess, et al. “The Names and Faces of the Florida School Shooting Victims.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 15 Feb. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/us/florida-school-victims.html.

This New York Times article provides an example of one of the recent school shootings that occurred in Florida in February 2018. The article has got photos and different stories that were reported about the victims. The article has been termed as emotional as it triggers emotions of the readers and one of the downfalls of the report is that it lacks rationale debate.
Assessment: This article is credible for my research as it provides an accurate information of the incidence and also tries to explain the background of the shooter and also try to get to the motive.
Analysis: I will rely on this article as part of the example in shooting examples and also to explain why the issue of school shooting continue even after necessary security measure have been put in place. This will also be important in analyzing what could be the motive of the shooters and try to establish a pattern that is common among them.

Bonanno, Caitlin M., and Richard L. Levenson. “School Shooters.” *SAGE Open* 4.1 (2014): 215824401452542. Web.

This article provides the after the fact findings on the investigation of the previous shooters as well as the supporting theories, for instance, the five-stage sequential model by Madfis.
Assessment: The article is significant for the research as it provides theories and many pieces of literature that would support the main research.
Analysis: The theory in the article would highlight the prevention strategies that should be employed together with the threat assessment of the shooting incidences. This article is essential as it does not only provide background information and theories but it also expounds on the other articles that touch on the school security procedures.

Campbell, Marilyn. “Fairfax Connection.” *Discussing School Shootings and Other Violence with Children*, 6 Mar. 2018, www.fairfaxconnection.com/news/2018/mar/06/discussing-school-shootings-and-other-violence-chi/ .

This article is about a discussion illustrate the impact of gun-related violence in school to the children.
Assessment: I will use this article to highlight the impact that the school shooting in school children and how the parents can overcome their post-traumatic period of their children, this will also be key to showing how an open dialogue would be important as parents would get to understand the real fear that their children are going through during the shooting.
Analysis: The article tries to go out of the way and not only focus on the impact that the school shooting has had to the children but also it goes further to speculate on the motive of the gunners which till to date there is no fact about it.

Eichenwald, Kurt. “The Bullet Initiative. (Cover Story).” *Newsweek Global*, vol. 165, no. 4, 24 July 2015, pp. 36-45. EBSCO*host*, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=108354471&site=ehost-live .

The article brings about a strong view against the current gun policy. Eichenwald elaborates the need of looking further past gun alone and start considering all the accessories like bullets that are used together with the gun. In this article, Eichenwald offers seven steps on the gun control policies that would reduce the shooting incidences in schools and other public places in the US. He goes further to use Supreme Court Cases as references to his points, therefore, this gives the article the credibility to be used in the research.
“Ban accessories that serve no purpose other than to transform guns into weapons of mass slaughter, as such attachable drums that carry 100 rounds. Adopt rules that make it harder for criminals and the mentally ill to obtain firearms. Outlaw the public display of weapons. Allow the concealed cry of guns using they shall issue standard. Stop trying to ban scary-looking adds-on that primarily protect the shooter, but don’t make the gun more dangerous to others. Forget attacks on the armour-piercing bullets.’ Abandon efforts to outlaw assault weapon’ a politically loaded phrase with a mishmash of meanings that pretty much amount to nothing.”
Analysis: This article reflects illustrate how the author has been through in his research. This is elaborated by the Supreme Court cases that Eichenwald refers to. In addition to this, the lots of statistics given in the article to support the anti-gun policy also proves it.
Assessment: This source proved to be extremely significant, it provides the viewpoint where responsibility is usually placed on a specific entity. The fact that the article gave out a stun position and also goes further and provide a solution to the problems. After having gone through several articles that majorly refer to Colorado shootings quite often, each of the articles have got a different perspective of the preventive measure that could have been employed to prevent the shooting incidence.

Fitzgerald, Jill. “Are We Safe?” *Achieving the Dream*, 7 Dec. 2016, mcblogs.montgomerycollege.edu/insights/2016/12/07/are-we-safe/.

This link is about the safety measures that Montgomery college has taken to ensure it boosts its security which due to the increase in the school shooting within America causing deaths of over 150 both students and staff.
Analysis: This article will also be vital in highlighting the trends in the recent shootings, and also will be significant in airing out the significance of having collective responsibilities in fighting the school shooting vice amongst all the stakeholders with the aim of ensuring the safety in school and across all the satellites. The articles basically state the steps that the school has taken to ensure there is minimal causality in cases of a school shooting. This is through the guidance and training that the school has offered.
Assessment: The article is credible as it gives detail stats of the current mass shooting trends in America. The steps taken to beef up security is also another institution and it has been seconded by the security experts.

Greathouse, Tanya, and Joanne Belknap. “School Shooting | Crime.” *Encyclopedia Britannica*. N.p., 2018. Web. 21 June 2018.

This article focusses on the shooters, it tries to analyse them and try to identify the risk fa tors that faces the school shooters. The authors identify bullying and social rejection as the major causes of the vice and some even psychological problem.
Assessment: This article is important to the research as it provides more information on the risk factors, and it analyses the shooters based on gender, class and race hence gives more insights on the shooters.
Analysis: Besides other articles that try to speculate on the motive of the shooter. I will rely on this because it gives more fact and details on the shooter and therefore it’s the most credible source that supports the research in regards to finding out the motive of the shooter.

Newsom, Jennifer Siebel. “Kids Advocating for Gun Control, Florida School Shooting.” Time, Time, 22 Feb. 2018, time.com/5169473/gun-control-florida-school-shooting/.

The article reports on the initiative that the Florida children undertook in the wake of the most recent high school shooting. The author highlights the fact that the students demanded changes in the gun policies should act as a suggestion that those that oppose the amendments in the gun control policies are insensitive.
Assessment The credibility of this articles is based on the fact that it tries to bring the political solution in stopping the school shootings. It illustrates in the simplest way the reason why gun control act needs more legislation.
Analysis: the article majorly points towards the magnitude that mass shooting has to the victim family as it tries to elaborate on the feelings that the children had after the aftermath of the shooting.

Paradice, David. “An Analysis of Us School Shooting Data (1840-2015).” *Education*, vol. 138, no. 2, Winter2017, p. 135. EBSCO*host*, search.ebscohost.com.montgomerycollege.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=126936152&site=eds-live&scope=site .

This paper provides a descriptive analysis and construction of data that from the school shooting events in the United States. The analysis is from the shooting events of over three hundred and forty events in a span of 175 years of the United States education history. The data in the book clearly shows that the shooting incidence occurs mostly in the US high schools and the frequency at which the shooting incidence happens has been high in the last 50 years.
The fact author goes deeper and analyse credible data from the government and analyzing the data that is directly linked with the topic and with the fact that he uses evidence that can be easily verified makes the paper credible. I thought this source would be very essential in giving a statistical count of the incidences of a school shooting.

Riordan, Carol Ann. “Making School Safe.” *Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers*, vol. 89, no. 7, Oct. 2014, p. 26. EBSCO*host*, search.ebscohost.com.montgomerycollege.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=98641784&site=eds-live&scope=site .

This article deliberate on the increasing occurrence of the school shooting in the US. It shows the steps schools have to take to enhance security and ensure safety in school. It also focusses on the prevention measures and also highlights the violence program of the family as well as focusing on helping the student in cases of conflict by arming them with conflict resolution skills.
The article is credible because it gives facts about the statistics of the school shooting incidences in the US and the author reference experts on the issues of beefing up security and conflict resolution among school children.
The article discusses increasing incidences of the *school* *shooting* in the U.S. and the steps to be taken for ensuring safety at *schools*. Topics discussed include the STOP (Students’ Taking On Prevention) the Violence program of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), how to help students in mastering conflict resolution and intervention skills, and need of advocating for victims of violence and the projects like FCCLA’s “No Bullying at My *School*” and “Project Brave Heart.”

*School Safety*, edited by Noah Berlatsky, Greenhaven Press, 2016. Opposing Viewpoints.
*Opposing Viewpoints in Context*, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/EJ3010981212/OVIC?u=mass12242&xid=53daba8d.Accessed 12 Jan. 2017. Originally published as “The Newtown Tragedy: ComplexCauses Require Thoughtful Analysis and Responses,”
*www.heritage.org <www.heritage.org>*, 18 Jan. 2013.

Malcolm and Marshall acknowledge the fact that mass shooting has increased more so in school, as the one Sandy Hook Elementary. They, however, oppose the amendments of the gun control as they argue that they don’t see it as the best immediate solution.
Assessment: The article tries to give other views that the author considers more important than focusing on gun control amendments. They argue that there are other important things to consider instead of concentrating on the gun control amendment.
Analysis: The author, as much as they respect the proposed amendments on the gun control act. They offer a different path, unlike other authors. This article is extremely credible as it will provide more details without focusing on the gun control as the major issue to the school shooting.

Superville, Denisa R. and Evie Blad. “Another School in Anguish.” *Education Week*, vol. 37, no. 33, 30 May 2018, p. 10. EBSCO*host*, search.ebscohost.com.montgomerycollege.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=130092055&site=eds-live&scope=site .

This article touches on the aftermath of Santa Fe High school shooting incidence. The opinion of students on gun rights and parental supervision takes centre stage in the article. The author also evaluates the psychological impact that the shooting had on students. The article also touches on Florida shooting.
I find the article very resourceful, It will give me an overview of the relationship between the parents and the assailant and I will use the information to highlight why the assailants don’t vent on the family members when they have a problem.
The article is credible as it has information from the expert who tries to explain how poor parenting can be a trigger to violent incidence amongst the children and can lead to a school shooting.

Westfall, Sandra Sobieraj, et al. “Florida School Shooting HEARTBREAK and OUTRAGE.” *People*, vol. 89, no. 11, 05 Mar. 2018, p. 48. EBSCO*host*, search.ebscohost.com.montgomerycollege.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=128167210&site=eds-live&scope=site .

The article reports the high school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. It provides accounts of the shooting incidence in regards to the survivors, emergency personnel and parents while taking into considerations topics such as text communication during the shooting incidences, the reunion of parents with their children after the incidence and even the death of the family members.
The way my research is on the basis of discussing the reason why the shooters do not usually open up about their problems, This article is essential as it provides the background of the shooter which the school noticed way much earlier, the shooter was indiscipline and had earlier signs of violence when he was in school, the signs were shown through his homework, his drawings including one written in reference to the death of President Obama “Burned alive and eaten.”
I will use this source to elaborate how even with signs of violence the shooter did not open up or admit to having a problem and it was all overwritten in his face. This source is credible as it is backed up by the school data on records of the shooter.

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