Sandy Hook School Shooting
The final case study, the Sandy Hook school shooting, is the focus of this chapter. Framing within political debates and news media content is shown to centre on ‘protecting children.’ Universal background checks on all gun sales and renewing the assault weapons ban were the policy options being advanced at that time by the Obama administration. There was a defeatist tone in the news media content throughout this process and the bills ended up failing. Outlined thereafter are the alternative bills around ‘arming teachers’ in schools, which became law in a number of states. Interviewees’ worries about the safety of this measure are discussed. The final part of the chapter centres on the state laws passed, restricting assault weapons and mandating universal background checks.
KeywordsSandy Hook Universal background checks Assault weapons Arming teachers
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