• 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
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
• 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
Context: The Second Amendment was ratified in 1791.
• WHO ARE THEY?
• HOW ARE THEY FINANCED?
• IS THE NRA TOO STRONG?
• Responsibility of gun owners?
• Gun limitations? Who? Legal owners?
• FIREARMS MODIFICATIONS?
• ENFORCE EXSISTING LAWS; OVER
20,000 CURRENT LAWS!
• OWNER LIABILITY OF USE; LITIGATION
• REQUIRED GUN SAFETY CLASSES;
• INCREASED SALES TAX; STATE OR
• MORE AGGRESSIVE BACKGROUND
CHECKS; PATRIOT ACT
• AMMUNITION MODIFICATION: BULLET
• 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.
• Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to
have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting
-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?
• 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
• 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”
• 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
• -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
• -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
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
5. Most other countries do not have a “Right
“ to own guns; Uniformed regulation;