In June, two criminal justice researchers reviewed the bills legislators proposed after three school shootings: Columbine, Jonesboro, and Virginia Tech. School shootings are similar to workplace shootings such as the Navy Yard tragedy: "People get hung up on age and that's why they see these as very different," H. Jaymi Elsass tells Popular Science. "They're really very similar kinds of events with very similar kinds of relationships involved in those settings." (Elsass was not involved in the June review, but is a colleague of the authors at Texas State University. All are doctoral students in criminal justice.)
In the 12 months after the Columbine shooting, lawmakers proposed more than 800 new bills having to do with guns.