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Guns, Children and Congress

9 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2011 Last revised: 9 Oct 2012

Frank J. Vandall

Emory University School of Law

Date Written: April 13, 2011


“Guns, Children and Congress” examines the law, history and politics of gun violence. It considers the huge number of child murders at high schools, colleges and homes over the last 20 years because of over 280 million guns afloat in the United States. Rejecting the Second Amendment to the Constitution, Professor Vandall argues for greatly expanded gun control, including universal registration, armories for automatic weapons and restricting guns to the home. In order to encourage corporate insight, he calls for reversal of the Gun Manufacturers Immunity Bill of 2005.

Over the last 20 years the United States has dutifully followed the mantra of the National Rifle Association (NRA): buy a gun. This flawed advice has produced a nation that is flooded with guns.

The NRA's argument has failed to make us safe. The truth is we are more at risk with a gun in the home. Columbine, Virginia Tech and Tucson make it clear that the NRA’s thesis is horribly wrong. The opposite is more accurate. We must begin to reduce the number of guns that are sold and readily available.

Guns are hugely dangerous in the home, can be used to murder children and shoot presidents and Congresswomen. But of critical importance, they may be far less important for a revolution. Social media and picture cell phones have won the day.

Keywords: law, history, politics, children, violence, handguns, automatic weapons, gun control, high school, college, Congress, Second Amendment, Constitution

Suggested Citation

Vandall, Frank J., Guns, Children and Congress (April 13, 2011). Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 11-158. Available at SSRN: or

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