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Why is there a lack of response to gun violence in America? Is there room for change in federal policy regarding gun control while respecting the individual's second amendment rights? Gun violence has become a public health crisis in the United States, and America is a country, unlike others, that fails to make change in response to violence. To explore these questions, I examine federal policy in place and the history of its development. I also examine local policy across two states, Florida and New York. The comparison of the two states' policies and rates of gun violence offers insight into these questions. I expect to find evidence supporting the notion that stricter local policy results in lower gun violence rates. I will also discover that in states with more entrenched conservative politics, responses to gun violence will be more muted than in states with more entrenched liberal politics.



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State Policy and Gun Control Across America