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School Shootings and Its Influence on Gun Control Policy Making

The number of school shootings that our nation has experienced throughout the past few years has significantly increased. What has also increased is the amount of news coverage that these shootings continue to receive. We will explore data that has analyzed the public's outcry in other states in regards to school shootings. We will attempt to seek out patterns in policy formation throughout other states. Through the collection of this data, we will get a better understanding of how influential these tragic events have been on the formation of gun control policy. Further, the data will display the amount of influence media coverage has on both the public's perception and policymakers' perception after the fact that these tragic incidents occur. Lastly, this paper will provide a framework for future scholars to conduct ongoing research and allow them to deliver various approaches to the issue of gun control policy.

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