Bessie Amelia Emery Head, known as Bessie Head, though born in South Africa, is usually considered Botswana's most influential writer. She wrote novels, short fiction and autobiographical works. source
Moments of crisis, like the shooting in Newtown, tend to produce brief spikes of popular interest in gun control. My research on media attention suggests these spikes are extremely short-lived, and that they may be decreasing in intensity.