Columbine School Shooting

  • Selina E. M. Kerr


Discussed within this chapter are the news media and policy responses to the first of the three case studies, the Columbine school shooting. Outlined is the ‘children and guns’ frame in news media coverage and policy proposals advanced by the Clinton administration, positioning solutions around restricting adolescents’ access to firearms. The discussion thereafter surmises why Clinton’s proposals failed to gain traction; it also details the laws pertaining to ‘children and guns’ that were passed in a handful of states. The chapter then moves onto the proposals raised to close the ‘gun show loophole,’ requiring background checks at gun shows. Results from news media analyses and interviews with activists involved in the campaign explain why this campaign was successfully passed in Colorado via citizen ballot initiative.


Columbine Children and guns Gun show loophole Ballot initiative 


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  • Selina E. M. Kerr
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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherGlasgowUK

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