Mass Shootings and Gun Violence In America: Issues and Perspectives

John C. Zandler (Editor)

Series: Law, Crime and Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Corrections
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Shooting incidents such as the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 and the one at Aurora, CO, movie theater in July 2012 have focused attention on federal policy issues in the law enforcement, public health, and education arenas. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has identified 78 public mass shootings that have occurred in the United States since 1983. These shootings have claimed almost 550 lives according to CRS estimates. Most gun owners buy their guns legally and use them safely, whether for self-defense, hunting, or sport shooting.

Yet too often, irresponsible and dangerous individuals have been able to easily get their hands on firearms. Efforts must be strengthened to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands. This book focuses on mass shootings and gun violence in America with select implications they have for federal policy in the areas of public health and safety. While such crimes most directly impact particular citizens in very specific communities, addressing these violent episodes involves officials at all levels of government and professionals from numerous disciplines. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Public Mass Shootings in the United States: Selected Implications for Federal Public Health and Safety Policy
(Jerome P. Bjelopera, Erin Bagalman, Sarah W. Caldwell, Kristin M. Finklea, Gail McCallion, CRS)

Now Is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence
(White House Staff)

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee. Hearing on "What Should America Do About Gun Violence?"

Statement of Senator Orrin G. Hatch. Hearing on "What Should America Do About Gun Violence?"

Statement of Senator Ted Cruz. Hearing on "What Should America Do About Gun Violence?"

Testimony of Captain Mark Kelly, Americans for Responsible Solutions. Hearing on "What Should America Do About Gun Violence?"

Testimony of David B. Kopel, Adjunct Professor of Advanced Constitutional Law, Denver University. Hearing on "What Should America Do About Gun Violence?"

Testimony of Chief Jim Johnson, Baltimore County Police Department. Hearing on "What Should America Do About Gun Violence?"

Testimony of Gayle S. Trotter, Senior Fellow, Independent Women's Forum. Hearing on "What Should America Do About Gun Violence?"

Testimony of Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President, National Rifle Association. Hearing on "What Should America Do About Gun Violence?"

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee. Hearing on "Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment"

Statement of Senator Orrin G. Hatch. Hearing on "Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment"

Statement of Senator Ted Cruz. Hearing on "Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment"

Statement of Senator Timothy J. Heaphy, U.S. Attorney, Department of Justice. Hearing on "Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment"

Testimony of Laurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard Law School. Hearing on "Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment"

Testimony of Daniel W. Webster, Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. Hearing on "Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment"

Testimony of Sandra J. Wortham. Hearing on "Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment"

Statement of Charles J. Cooper, Partner, Cooper & Kirk, PLLC . Hearing on "Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment"

Testimony of Suzanna Hupp. Hearing on "Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment"

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