Beyond Gun Control: Implementing Mental Health Interventions for the School Shooting Crisis in California

Agnes M. Varghese, Danielle E. Delany, Morgan L. Dundon
2020 Journal of Science Policy & Governance  
Over the last 10 years, the United States has witnessed a striking increase in school shootings (Riedman and O'Neil 2020). Most legislation addressing the issue has been focused on gun control with liberal states such as California passing stringent gun laws. However, it is important to acknowledge that the school shooting crisis is a multifaceted problem that will not be resolved by gun regulations alone. California should establish social-emotional learning programs in K-12 schools to help
more » ... schools to help address the underlying issues that drive individuals to gun violence. These programs will provide students with the skills necessary to reduce aggressive behaviors as well as increase overall student well-being and academic achievement (Espelage et al. 2013). Along with gun control measures, California's policymakers should establish social-emotional learning programs in K-12 schools to reduce the number of school shooting incidents. Effective implementation of such programs could transform California from the state with the highest rate of school shootings in the country to an exemplary model for other states to follow in tackling the school shooting crisis.
doi:10.38126/jspg170212 fatcat:hk3b5l5odbdvvpj3pc6rh7p4k4