Guns Legislation Assignment
Can Gun Control laws reduce violence?
“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed…”
- Second Amendment to the US Constitution (1791)
After 45 school shootings in 2016, many Americans are wondering: Why haven’t we done more to prevent this kind of horrific tragedy?
Americans possess more than 200 million firearms. Each year about 640,000 violent crimes, including 16,000 murders are committed with guns, mostly handgun. Some people believe gun-control laws, which restrict gun ownership, can reduce the bloodshed. Others believe that guns should protect Americans and gun laws should be less strict.
What is gun control?
“Gun control” is a broad term that covers any sort of restriction on what kinds of firearms can be sold and bought, who can possess or sell them, where and how they can be stored or carried, what duties a seller has to vet a buyer, and what obligations both the buyer and the seller have to report transactions to the government.
Sometimes, the term is also used to cover related matters, like limits on types of ammunition and magazines, or technology, like the type that allows guns to fire only when gripped by their owners.
In recent years, gun control debates have focused primarily on background checks for buyers, allowing people to carry weapons in public, and whether to allow the possession of assault rifles.
In groups, you will work with one another in order to create Gun Control Legislation for the United States.
First, complete the DBQ- meaning look at the graphs and in the column write down what each graph, chart or saying is trying to tell its audience
Second, go through the questions/ topics, and writing your opinion next to the topic, be sure to give reasons and/ or facts
Third, work in groups (this can be tough for a lot of you), and create a document in which you will create gun regulations/ a national gun policy for the United States. This should include the:
b) explanations as to how you can to your decision and at
c)least one fact to support your reasoning.