Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Criminology and Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Pleggenkule, Breanne


School shootings are a hot topic today in the United States. Youth gun violence is a contributing factor to this moral panic. Examining relationships between youth and gun violence can help contribute to the explanatory factors of phenomena like school shootings. This study uses secondary data to examine the relationship between bullying, learning, and youth gun violence. Six models were done to examine the possible explanatory factors of youth gun violence. Bullying and learning variables remained inconsistent across all six models. However, perceptions of gun restriction, a control variable were significant across all six models. Implications and future research on youth gun violence are discussed.




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