7th Annual WML Academic Symposium

Time: 11:00 AM
Rm 224
Presenter(s): Austen Brennan
Title: The Effect of Gun Control Laws on Mass Shootings in the United States
Developed under the guidance of Dr. David Thornton , Political Science

This paper explores statistically the effects of increased gun control on the phenomena of mass public shootings in the United States. The paper examines first a random sampling of 21 U.S. states of varying populations and regions of the country, all 50 states, and the 25 states that have experienced a mass public shooting within the past decade. The aim of this paper is to analyze whether or not states with stricter gun control laws have fewer mass public shootings and thereby assess the effectiveness of stricter gun control laws in preventing mass public shootings.