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ERIC Number: EJ1141517
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0748-8475
Preventing Violence or Promulgating Fear? ALEC, the NRA, and Guns on Campus
Proffitt, Jennifer M.; White, John Wesley
Thought & Action, p11-27 Win 2017
The euphemism that Florida, the nation's third most populous and politically powerful state, is a battleground is an apt description--and more than just every four years. Every year, every day in the state's capital, Florida has become high ground for pro-corporate, special-interest lobbyists who seek to instill a far-right legislative and social agenda, specifically the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the National Rifle Association (NRA). Armed with seemingly endless cash from their billionaire supporters and a slick but distorted focus on individual rights, and facing a mostly uninformed and unorganized citizenry, the far right has found in Florida the perfect Petri dish for passing self-serving laws. This ideological battle is evident in the recent NRA, and ALEC supported attempts to pass legislation that would allow concealed weapons on the state's public college and university campuses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
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