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.
1. What does the second amendment mean to you?
2. Do guns kill people? or do people kill people?
3. Do countries with strict gun laws have less murders?
4. Should we get rid of current federal gun laws? (See Identified Prohibited Persons/ Prohibitions on Certain Types of Firearms)
5. Concealed carry laws? Should most law-abiding people be able to carry their guns almost anywhere?
a. National parks?
b. Bars/ places that serve alcohol
d. Retail locations
6. Should people with a criminal record or mental illness; drug addictions; immigrants without legal status; certain veterans with a dishonorable discharge; people with a permanent restraining order keeping them from a partner or partner’s children ( see Identified Prohibited Persons). Most people with mental illness never receive adjunctions, and you can get the court to reverse it. Many mass shootings have been carried out by people were deeply disturbed, but legally owned guns
7. Should you be able to purchase your gun online or from a friend- or any not registered dealer?
8. Should gun dealers conduct a background check, through a database run by the FBI, to see is the customer is among those prohibited from owning a gun?
9. Should there be an assault weapon ban?
10. Should there be waiting periods?
11. Should there be taxes on gun purchases?
12. Should gun dealers be regulated? How?
13. Should a person that owns a gun be required to have a rack for safe storage?
14. Should gun owners have to get their handgun micro stamped? (means the make, model, and serial number of the gun is transferred to each cartridge case every time the gun is fired- idea is to allow the police at a crime scene to trace a gun back to its owner)
15. Should you be required to pass/take a written safety test
16. Should someone be allowed to own / operate a semi-automatic weapon?
17. Should someone under the age of 18 be able to own a gun?
18. Should there be allowed high capacity magazines
19. Should gun owners register firearms
20. Should gun owners have a state firearms license?
21. Should you require gun owners to pass tests and get inspections and insurance? How/ Explain
22. Should gun manufacturers install safety devices? (require built in locks and eventually “smart guns”. Opponents sat these devices would increase the cost, may cause the weapons e to misfire and may be unconstitutional
23. Should we make bullet manufacturers put serial numbers on every bullet? (The serial number would also be on the box of ammunition and sellers would record who bought each box. Supporters say bullets are often recovered at a crime scene and having serial numbers would help solve crimes. Opponents respond that criminals would remove serial numbers and the high cost to manufacturers would be passed on to everyone buying bullets.)
24. Should we limit gun purchases to one a month per person? Much of the illegal gun trade is carried on by middlemen who buy guns from dealers in bulk and sell them to juveniles and criminals. Supporters say this law will stop the middlemen from buying guns. Opponents think criminals can easily get around this law by using groups of people to buy guns. Again, they say, only the law-abiding will be prevented from buying guns
25. Should there be a ban on large capacity ammunition clips?
a. Under this proposal, it would be against the law to possess or sell ammunition clips that contain more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Supporters point out that these clips are not necessary for hunting or self-defense, but have been used in several recent mass slayings. Opponents argue that these clips do promote self-defense, particularly if a person is attacked by a mob
26. Is the Cost of gun regulation too much?
27. Should schools arm teachers and guards?