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470 Gun Control Policy

470 Gun Control Policy - Gun Control Assignment Gun In a...

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Unformatted text preview: Gun Control Assignment Gun In a 2­3 page paper, double space, answer the following questions” What motivates individual citizens to support or oppose the legal regulations of firearms? What is the appropriate role of government in the area of gun control policy? Read chapter 10 and incorporate your personal opinions in the paper. Policy Question Policy What accounts for the high level of gun­ related violence in the United States? Availability American culture Human behavior “guns don’t kill people – people kill people” Lethality Important to make distinction between the types of weapons (handguns, rifles, shotguns) Value Conflicts Regarding Gun Control Control Control advocates typically argue that reform has brought about reductions in fatalities and gun owners should be willing to relinquish some of their rights to own guns in the interest of achieving these reductions. Anti­control advocates argue that gun ownership serves to reduce crime rather than increase it, and they have a constitutional right to own them without restrictions. 2 Amendment nd 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. Issues Regarding Gun Control Policy Policy Print off, read, and bring to class the file under documents in BB “Gun Control Debate handout. Topic areas: Latest developments Level of gun control in U. S. State & local gun control How effective have gun control efforts been? Ideology & gun control Gun Control Strategies Gun Reduce availability Ban possession of handguns Ban manufacture and sale of specific types of firearms such as assault rifles Tax sale of firearms to the point that they are not affordable Buy back programs What is the pro & con of each approach? Strategies Con’t Strategies Restrict access Regulate their sale, purchase, and ownership Target gun dealers (see page 201 Background checks – Brady Bill. Problems? Unregulated secondary market Thriving black market for all types of firearms Estimated 341,000 firearms including 180,000 handguns are stolen every year (BJS, 2007) Federal law enforcement targeting black market Strategies Con’t Strategies Restricting the use: Targets behavior rather than deny ownership Mandatory sentencing for crimes committed with a firearm. Stiff sentences under federal law. Laws that attempt to keep people from carrying guns in certain places (airports/schools) Kansas City Experiment (page 206 of text) Safety measures directed at limiting youth related violence and accidents. CCW laws CCW Do right to carry laws reduce crime? Lott & Mustard research – page 207 Michigan Law Overview Overview Gun control policy is definitely impacted by ideology and value conflicts Empirical uncertainty regarding causality Something needs to be done given the level of gun related violence in U. S. Involves, crimes, suicides, and accidents No single best policy ...
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