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					GUN CONTROL
• SECOND AMENDMENT
• KNOW IT…
• WHAT IS A WELL REGULATED MILITIA?
  IS IT NECESSARY?
• WHY DO WE KEEP AND BEAR ARMS?
• IS THE 2ND AMENDMENT AN
  “ABSOLUTE RIGHT”
• Vocabulary
  Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act
  Definition: Passed in 1994, this act imposes a
  five-day waiting period and background check
  before a licensed gun importer, manufacturer, or
  dealer can sell or deliver a handgun to an
  unlicensed individual; in 1998, a new
  background-check system allowed checks to be
  done over the phone or electronically.

• Context: Also known as the Brady Bill, the
  Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was
  named after Jim Brady, the press secretary to
  President Ronald Reagan, who was shot and
  seriously wounded during an assassination
  attempt on the president.
• Gun rights
  Definition: The belief that any legislation to curtail the use and sale
  of firearms is an infringement on Americans' constitutional rights
  Context: Some groups advocating gun rights believe that firearm-
  control measures are unnecessary if lawmakers would enforce
  current laws.

• Gun control
  Definition: The belief that the United States needs stricter firearm
  laws, including tougher background checks
  Context: Gun control advocates believe that tougher firearm laws
  will curb the rise of gun-related violence.

• Second Amendment
  Definition: The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states
  that "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."
  Context: The Second Amendment was ratified in 1791.
•    NRA
•    WHO ARE THEY?
•    HOW ARE THEY FINANCED?
•    IS THE NRA TOO STRONG?
•    Responsibility of gun owners?
•    Gun limitations? Who? Legal owners?

    http://www.nranews.com/nranews.aspx
• FIREARMS MODIFICATIONS?

• ENFORCE EXSISTING LAWS; OVER
  20,000 CURRENT LAWS!
• OWNER LIABILITY OF USE; LITIGATION
  ISSUES
• REQUIRED GUN SAFETY CLASSES;
  ENFORCEMENT?
• INCREASED SALES TAX; STATE OR
  FEDERAL?
•   MORE AGGRESSIVE BACKGROUND
    CHECKS; PATRIOT ACT

•   AMMUNITION MODIFICATION: BULLET
    LAWS/RESTICTED QUANITY

•   FIREARM MODIFICATION-“SMART GUNS”;
    RESTRICTIONS OF POWER/RATE OF FIRE

•   ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN
What can we infer about this cartoon?
      Gun Control Quotes; review and infer!
• Arms are the only true badge of liberty. The possession
  of arms is the distinction of a free man from a slave.
  -Andrew Fletcher,1698
• Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to
  have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting
  the vote.
  -Ben Franklin 1759
• "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right
  to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect
  themselves against tyranny in government."
  Who do you think said this of all our founding fathers?

           Thomas Jefferson
• GUN CONTROL NOTES: P.85-87
• HOMEWORK P.87 PROBLEM 7.7

• SHOULD WE…
• REGISTRATION FOR ALL GUNS?

• PROHIBIT ALL SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS?

• PROHIBIT CERTAIN PEOPLE FROM
  OBTAINING WEAPONS? “PATRIOT ACT”

• CREATE FEDERAL OR STATE LAWS
  CONCERNING GUN LAWS?
• "You can do a favor for
  me -- Rub out any gun
  control legislation“

• During the 1980s, the National
  Rifle Association directed its
  efforts toward repealing the
  federal Gun Control Act of
  1968, which banned the mail-
  order sale of guns and
  ammunition. Using its
  powerful grass roots
  organization and heavy
  treasury to target legislators
  who supported gun control, it
  helped to elect a more
  sympathetic Senate in 1984.
  And in 1986, it achieved the
  repeal of the 1968 legislation.
P.87 PROBLEM 7.7
                    Killing Culture Video
•   ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS ON A SEPEARTE SHEET OF PAPER.

•   Why does the video refer to the United States as a “Killing Culture”?

•   What specific events in American history allow for our“ gun culture”
    to remain?

•   Does our 2nd Amendment need to be amended or changed to reflect
    the present? How? What changes would you propose?

•   Why do some critics of gun laws suggest that the laws are biased or
    racist? Can you cite any examples?

•   Is the entertainment industry to blame for “Glorifying” violence? How
    does the entertainment business make violence appealing? Explain.

•   Is a well-regulated militia still of private citizens still needed? Explain
    why that was added at the time of the writing of the Bill Of Rights.

•   What steps are needed to change the “gun culture” of the United
    States? Is a change needed? Explain
• “KILLING CULTURE” VIDEO A&E Special 1995

1. Stats: 50% of American homes have a gun/ 25% of those are
   handguns
• -Every 60 secs. a person is shot with a gun
• -Every year 9,000 people die from handguns wounds

2. Americans have a basic “mistrust” in the govt. Founded with the use
   of guns and violence/ 2nd Amendment of Constitution-armed citizen
   (Historical core)
• -Violence has been used to expand govt. power and control of
   peoples and cultures.
• Ex. Indian Wars (69 wars)/Jim Crow laws/Immigration laws(Sullivan
   law)

3. Television has over 20,000 violent acts everyday. Children’s books
   and shows. Violence shows continue to become more realistic,
   almost overboard. Television is often viewed over 4-6 hours a
   day/Centerpiece of the room/ The Church or religion; “Preaches
   right and some wrong”, “Solving problems with violence. Often
   extreme violence”. Violence is viewed as fun and exciting.
4. Gun control problems: Too many laws too
    enforce (20,000); Laws are not uniform
    and are often not specific enough. Can’t
    keep up with gun ownership and
    production.

5. Most other countries do not have a “Right
   “ to own guns; Uniformed regulation;
   Cultural differences.

				
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