POLS 060. Special Topics: Gun Policy and Politics

As mass killings occur with increasing frequency in the United States, the debate on gun policy rages.  What is the state of gun law and regulation in the United States, and what changes, if any, might help reduce gun violence? How does U.S. policy compare with gun policies in other developed countries, and what explains differences among countries?  Are there lessons the U.S. can learn from other countries, and if so, what changes to our regulatory framework are most likely to reduce gun violence? Students will work together to research existing gun policies in the U.S., Europe, and elsewhere, to understand the political forces that have shaped those policies, and formulate recommendations for policy changes.  Prerequisite for enrollment: POLS 003 or permission of the instructor.
Social sciences.
1 credit.
Spring 2018. White.
Catalog chapter: Political Science
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/political-science

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