GUN POLICY IN THE US & CANADA

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The shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 was one of the worst mass murders in the U.S., but it did not lead to any new federal gun control policy. In contrast, following a similar event in Montreal in 1989, Canada created new comprehensive gun policy. Such different outcomes are the focus of this survey, which sets out to explore the gun policymaking process in the U.S. and Canada in the aftermath of major events. It explores the many factors that lead to the drastically different reactions of the federal governments in each state if the aftermath of a mass shooting or assassination. To do so, it examines such elements as institutional arrangements, interest groups pressures (NRA, e.g.), and the party in power, studying the impact of such key events as the assassinations of J.F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Georgina Leimonis and shootings that occurred at Columbine, Stockton, and Vernon. A unique comparative study, Gun Policy in the United States and Canada will be an essential resource to anyone researching gun policy issues and comparative policymaking.
This comparative study discusses the impact of major events, such as assassinations and shootings, on the gun policymaking in the U.S. and Canada.
1. An Introduction to Political Culture and Gun Control Policy in the United States and Canada 2. Agenda Setting, Institutions, and Interest Groups in the United States and Canada 3. The United States: Violence Leads No Where 4. Canada: Violent Events Drive Change 5. Conclusions: A Discussion of Why Canada Reacts to Gun Violence Events, and the United States Does Not 6. Gun Control Policy in the United States and Canada 2008 to Present Bibliography

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