Guns and College Homicide

The Case to Prohibit Firearms on Campus

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About the Book

At a time when mass shootings in schools and other public spaces have become commonplace, it might seem surprising that American college campuses are not magnets for murderers but sanctuaries from them. Because of remarkably effective gun-safe policies, deaths by firearms on college campuses are 1,000 times less frequent than in the U.S. public at large.
Drawing on crime data submitted in compliance with the Clery Act and public reports of those crimes, this study inventories every documented homicide at a U.S. college or university between 2001 and 2016, making a compelling argument for using gun-safe campuses as guides for broader public safety.

About the Author(s)

Stephen K. Boss is a professor of environmental dynamics and sustainability at the University of Arkansas. He has been involved in the national gun violence prevention movement for 10 years. He lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Bibliographic Details

Stephen K. Boss
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7609-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3488-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
1. My Journey to Sanctuary 5
2. A Grand Social Experiment 12
3. Gun Violence in the United States 20
4. The Clery Act 38
5. The Profile of Collegiate Homicide in the United States 61
6. Historically Black Colleges and Universities Matter 87
7. The Guns of August 102
8. Speak Truth to Power 127
Appendix (by State) 155
Table 1. Annual statistics 156
Table 2. Source information 158
Table 3. Mode of homicide 185
Table 4. Victims 196
Chapter Notes 209
Bibliography 234
Index 251