The tragedy of the shootings that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, CT have renewed national discussions on violence and gun control. However, few of those writing on the subject have directly attempted to examine the role gender plays in these types of public acts of violence. Here are two blog posts that take opposing viewpoints on the role gender played in the shootings. In the first, Jackson Katz argues that we need a national dialogue on masculinity more than we need dialogues on gun control or access to mental health services. In the second, Mark Overton and Geoffrey Mull argue that feminism is to blame for the shootings. Both posts analyze data to support their position. One is clearly demonstrating a feminist analysis while the other does not. How do you reconcile their opposing conclusions? Which author do find more persuasive and why?
Thoughts on the role gender played in the Sandy Hook Shootings
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