Almost two decades after the massacre at Columbine High School, shootings at our nation’s K-12 schools have become the new normal. More than 350 incidents of gunfire on school campuses have occurred in just the past five years. These have occurred with two federal laws on the books aimed to keep guns away from school campuses. This Article analyzes the Constitution’s Article I provisions, as well as Bill of Rights limitations, that allow Congress to pursue solutions to this epidemic of violence. It also proposes three proactive solutions that could reduce the likelihood of and limit the damage inflicted by mass shooting events in schools, namely expanded firearm purchase background checks, mandatory school planning for active shooter situations, and increased funding for school resource officers.
Michael V. McQuiller,
Enough is Enough: Congressional Solutions to Curb Gun Violence in America's K-12 Schools,
DePaul J. for Soc. Just.
Available at: https://via.library.depaul.edu/jsj/vol12/iss1/2