CONSTITUTIONAL INTERVENTIONS TO MASS SHOOTINGS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractMass shootings represent an issue that plagues life in the modern United States. With a political refrain of thoughts and prayers and with a media focus on mental health connections, policy makers have been stuck for many years, refusing to address mass shootings through any meaningful policy intervention. It is critical for policy makers to start taking steps to address this uniquely American problem. While it is unlikely that an intervention exists that will universally stop mass shootings, there are several promising interventions that can lessen the threat of mass shootings. I advocate for a return to earlier principals regarding freedom of speech, which would strengthen restrictions on dangerous speech in the context of online speech that fuels hatred and inspires future mass shooters. Additionally, I advocate for strengthening gun control laws across the country, in line with current Second Amendment precedent. While these interventions in no way claim to solve the problem of mass shootings entirely, they take necessary steps towards creating a policy apparatus that addresses the varied causes of mass shootings and moves towards a world where the threat of mass shootings has been lessened.