• Selina E. M. Kerr


‘School shootings’ are a form of targeted violence, where perpetrators aim to kill as many people as possible within a short period of time. This chapter explains why school shootings despite being relatively rare events within the wider spectrum of gun violence have the potential to give it salience and define the parameters of policy debates. Discussed thereafter is the importance of the ‘framing’ of gun violence after school shootings to allow for policy solutions to be formed. Background context is provided about the three school shooting case studies selected for analysis. A detailed overview of the news media analyses and interviews conducted as part of the research for this book is then documented. A roadmap to the structure of the book is then provided.


School shootings Framing Case studies News media Policy solutions 


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