It’s hard to know where to start. At this point we’ve all either dealt with an active shooter situation, know someone who has, or have at least gone through the trainings to prep us for one. Our students have suffered for it. If not directly, at least through the loss of innocence. We know that part of our job is to slowly expose our pupils to the hardness of the world to without leaving them jaded or cynical, but with every Parkland, every Newtown, and every Columbine, this becomes increasingly difficult.
So where to begin? Education, of course, is the cure for many ills, and I think it is also true in this case. Unfortunately, much of the information on gun related violence isn’t in a consumable format for students or teachers, so in this download I’ve assembled and normalized infographics from sources like Pew Research, Gallup, Five Thirty Eight, The Center for American Progress, the United Nations, The Economist, The New York Times, and Vox, and put them into a PowerPoint slide deck.
Note: The contents are not pithy memes intended to score points for an argument. They are accumulations of data/research that have been formatted in human-consumable ways, and generally intend to show how to reduce gun fatalities or present opinion polls on the topic. This information can be used to self-educate, or to generate a discussion with your students. Citations and comments are in the PowerPoint note section.
*I’ll add to the slide deck periodically.
I've added a student assignment to this resource. There is an "Activist Option"
and an "Academic Option"
. Both encourage students to get engaged on this issue.
The following organizations are non-profits or PACs that aim to reduce gun violence in America: March For Our Lives, Giffords, Moms Demand Action, Everytown For Gun Safety, Sandy Hook Promise, Newtown Action Alliance, Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Pride Fund to End Gun Violence, Connecticut Against Gun Violence.
And, of course, call your member of Congress!!!
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