A Partisan Issue? Policy-Making and Guns in the United States

  • Selina E. M. Kerr


The separation of powers in the US political system means the policy arena is conducive to interest groups lobbying causes like ‘gun violence prevention’ (GVP). Provided first is an overview into the three branches of government, as well as the influential nature of the news media, in the United States. The role of interest groups in advancing gun policy issues after a school shooting is thereafter discussed. Deliberated next is how the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution set the context for the country’s relationships with guns, affecting policy debates. A history of national gun laws is thereafter provided. The chapter ends with a discussion of the Supreme Court Heller case, explaining how this has set some parameters on the gun debate.


Presidency Congress Interest groups Gun laws Second Amendment Heller 


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  • Selina E. M. Kerr
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