Weapons in the Schools

Donnelly, Matt
April 2018
Weapons in the Schools -- Research Starters Education;4/1/2018, p1
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This article discusses the carrying and use of weapons, primarily firearms, in public schools in the United States. The right to "keep and bear arms" is enshrined in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and reflects a deeply held American belief in the use of weapons - particularly guns - for sport and for protection. The 20th century saw a rise in gun-related crime and the passage of federal gun control legislation beginning in 1934. These federal statutes did not stem a rise in the use of weapons in educational settings, first in colleges and universities in the 1960s and 1970s, and then in high school and middle schools in the 1990s. Some of the deadliest gun-related tragedies were the Heath High School massacre in Paducah, Kentucky (1997) and the Columbine High School massacre near Denver, Colorado (1999). The turn of the 21st century saw a reduction in both the volume of guns and other weapons brought to school and in the number of school shootings. Some experts credit federal legislation such as the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1994, while others believe that the decline can be put down to youth violence prevention programs, more metal detectors and other intensified school security measures.


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