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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series. Events covered in the 2018 Edition include:  • Historic U.S. and South Korean diplomatic advances with North Korea  • Investigation of Russian influence in U.S. elections  • Chinese constitutional changes granting presidential terms for life  • March for Our Lives and gun control demonstrations  • Changes to U.S. immigration and trade policies  • Legalization of marijuana in Canada  • Resignation of Australian prime minister  • Pope declares death penalty inadmissible Volumes in this series dating back to 1972 are available as online editions on SAGE Knowledge.

State and Federal Officials Respond to Parkland Shooting : February 15 and 23, 2018
State and Federal Officials Respond to Parkland Shooting
Linda Grimm

The United States experienced another gun-related tragedy in February 2018 when Nikolas Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, opened fire on the school’s campus, killing seventeen people and injuring another fourteen. The shooting revived debate over legislative proposals to increase restrictions on gun purchases and ownership—a debate that last stagnated in 2017 following mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas—and prompted an examination of state and school officials’ handling of students with mental, emotional, and behavioral concerns. While the Parkland shooting bore many similarities to previous school shootings, it was unique ...

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