Bibliography: Gun Control (page 02 of 10)

This bibliography is independently curated for the Positive Universe website.  Some of the authors featured on this page include Wayne H. Slater, Glenn H. Utter, Se-Kang Kim, Broeck N. Oder, Christine Watkins, Gary Kleck, Marie Mackay Murphy, Amy N. Edwards, Linda Heath, and Henny H. Kim.

Utter, Glenn H. (2000). Encyclopedia of Gun Control and Gun Rights. This reference volume provides information on gun control and gun rights, including resources on the debate surrounding the Second Amendment and individuals and organizations focused on gun issues, along with statutes, court cases, events, and publications surrounding this current topic. Highlighted are the important organizations and their leaders and their positions and activities. Entries on individuals provide basic career information and a detailed description of the person's stand on gun control. Important cases are presented and both their impact on the law and the strategies of participants are discussed. Some of the features of the book include an introductory essay by the author outlining current problems as well as the historical background of gun control issues; more than 300 alphabetically arranged entries; a brief bibliography and cross-references to related items at the end of individual entries; charts, including a state-by-state listing of constitutional provisions relating to the right to bear arms; tables and photographs; and Web sites. Subjects covered include schools and guns, gun-free schools, and the Littleton, Colorado, school shooting. Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Current Events

Hofmann, Mary (2005). Electing Research: Creating a Research Elective Is a Great Way to Teach In-Depth Skills, School Library Journal. Mary Hoffman, was having a hard time teaching in-depth research skills to her middle school students, due to time limitations. So last fall, she approached her principal with an unprecedented idea: to offer kids a semester-long elective on research. What better way to teach comprehensive, analytical skills to those who really wanted a challenge? The principal liked the idea, and she immediately began planning for the class. This article describes the planning, and implementation, one creative teacher employed as she designed a way to carve out a time slot in order to acquaint students with research techniques as this class progressed through the semester. During the first half of the semester, students worked in pairs to research their chosen controversial topics, such as prison reform, gun control, cloning, and abortion. The students would then debate, give PowerPoint presentations, and hand in well-written and documented research papers based on guidelines in an eight-page research packet that she had developed for them. During the second half of the semester, students worked independently and chose their own research topics and method of presentation, guided by her research packets. By the end of the semester, all of the students were seasoned researchers. Descriptors: Research Methodology, Research Skills, Middle School Students, Student Research

Heath, Linda; Weeks, Kyle; Murphy, Marie Mackay (1997). Gun Attitudes and Fear of Crime, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. Using three studies, examined the relationship between attitudes toward guns and fear of crime. Findings indicate a connection between fear of crime and attitudes toward guns: people higher in fear of crime favored gun control. Results also established a relationship between stereotypical beliefs about gun victims and support for gun control. Descriptors: Anxiety, Attitude Measures, Attitudes, Crime

Davies, Gordon K. (2008). Connecting the Dots: Lessons from the Virginia Tech Shootings, Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. The shootings that took place last spring on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, located in Blacksburg, Virginia, elicited a host of reactions, many deeply emotional. In groups of college and university presidents, the response was generally empathetic. Indeed, they were right to be put on alert by the random and unpredictable nature of a disaster like the loss of 33 lives at this large and generally peaceful landgrant university. In the days following the mass killings, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine quickly established a panel to investigate the events leading up to that day, the incidents themselves, and their immediate aftermath. The author was among the eight members of the panel, which was chaired by Col. Gerald Massengill, former Superintendent of the Virginia State Police. Some of what the panel ultimately reported to Governor Kaine pertains primarily to Virginia and to the university. Many of its recommendations are relevant to all 50 states and to most of the approximately 4,000 colleges and universities in the nation. This article discusses the panel's findings and offers seven crucial lessons learned from the tragedy: (1) States should provide sufficient outpatient mental-health services; (2) States should comply with the Federal Gun Control Act; (3) Congress and the state legislatures should review federal and state privacy laws, and universities should know what they do and do not permit; (4) Colleges and universities should communicate, both within themselves and beyond; (5) Write a plan that fits; (6) Make formal arrangements, and practice; and (7) Develop a way to access students' mental-health records.   [More]  Descriptors: Health Services, Police, Gun Control, School Security

Slater, Wayne H. (1998). The Effects of 11th Graders' Opinions on Their Interpretation of Conflicting Arguments, National Reading Conference Yearbook. Examines how individual differences in epistemological beliefs, strength of beliefs, and need for cognition affected the written conclusions that 11th graders constructed after reading a passage presenting arguments opposing and supporting gun control. Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Thinking, Grade 11, Guns

Frisby, Craig L.; Kim, Se-Kang; Wolfmeyer, Mary Anne (2005). Identifying Core Profiles in Attitudes toward School Violence, Journal of School Violence. Focus group methods for studying opinions and perceptions of school violence are effective for understanding differences among individuals, but cannot report these differences in a concise manner. Traditional quantitative methods for analyzing data from school violence perception surveys allow for the concise reporting of data, but cannot effectively provide information on individual differences. Typically, survey studies report group frequencies separately for individual items and/or subscales, which obscures individual differences. The Profile Analysis via Multidimensional Scaling (PAMS) approach provides a means for researchers to study individual differences in the degree to which a person's data on multivariate instruments correspond with a smaller number of "core" profiles that underlie data. An Attitude Toward School Violence inventory, rooted in Q methodology, was developed to assess participants' attitudes toward statements designed to explain the causes of, or appropriate interventions for, school (particularly gun) violence. The inventory was administered to a diverse convenience sample of 456 participants consisting of university students, public school teachers and administrators, school psychologists, and others. After appropriate data analyses, the original 64 item inventory was reduced to 37 items, from which 7 acceptable components were extracted. A PAMS analysis was performed on this data, which extracted two "core" profiles. One core profile reflects attitudes that blame school violence on the media, the lack of religious perspectives in schools and society, and irresponsible parenting. The second core profile reflects a strong endorsement of gun control and increased efforts to get direct help for students with emotional problems. The interpretation of person weights and implications for future research are discussed.   [More]  Descriptors: Weapons, Emotional Problems, Violence, Public School Teachers

Mark, Melvin M.; And Others (1985). Content Validity in Evaluation and Policy-Relevant Research, Evaluation and Program Planning: An International Journal. The role of content validity in policy-relevant research is illustrated in a study contrasting results of surveys concerning public opinion toward gun control. Inadequate content validity threatened inferences about the overall level of support for gun control, but not about opinion difference between sexes or respondents of varying political affiliations. Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Gun Control, Higher Education, Inferences

Lester, David (1988). Gun Control, Gun Ownership, and Suicide Prevention, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Explored relationship between the extent of gun ownership and the strictness of gun control laws to suicide and homicide rates in the nine major geographic regions of the United States. Found gun ownership, rather than the strictness of gun control laws, was the strongest correlate of the rates of suicide and homicide by guns. Descriptors: Differences, Gun Control, Incidence, Prevention

Kleck, Gary (1996). Crime, Culture Conflict, and the Sources of Support for Gun Control, American Behavioral Scientist. Questions whether attitudes towards gun control are influenced primarily by exposure to high crime rates, prior victimization, and fear of crime, or result from membership in social groups hostile to gun ownership. Maintains that support for gun control is more a product of culture conflict than a response to crime. Descriptors: Crime, Cultural Background, Cultural Influences, Culture Conflict

Caetano, Donald F. (1979). The Domestic Arms Race, Journal of Communication. Discusses the relationship of familial influence, victimization, gun ownership, and attitudes toward gun control. Victims whose parents owned guns are much more likely to own guns and oppose legislation. Descriptors: Crime, Family Attitudes, Family Influence, Family Role

Oder, Broeck N. (1998). Teaching the Meaning of the Second Amendment: A Brief Note on Recent Research, OAH Magazine of History. Provides a brief overview of historical and legal scholarship on gun control and the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Limits its scope to works by acknowledged legal and historical scholars, avoiding contemporary pro- and anti-gun-control opinion pieces. Includes a bibliography of further resources for teachers. Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Constitutional History, Courts

Watkins, Christine (1997). Gun Control: The Debate and Public Policy, Social Education. Provides an overview and background information on the debate over gun control, as well as several teaching ideas. Handouts include a list of related topics drawn from various disciplines (economics, U.S. history), seven arguments for and against gun control, and a set of policy evaluation guidelines. Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Current Events, Debate

Edwards, Amy N.; Walker, Tim (1994). To Keep and Bear Arms: Gun Control and the Second Amendment. Teacher's Guide. This teacher's guide is designed to accompany the two-part videotape "To Keep and Bear Arms: Gun Control and the Second Amendment." The videotape and teacher's guide should help students to: (1) understand the history of the Second Amendment; (2) examine how guns and gun control laws affect people's lives; (3) compare and contrast the many perspectives and viewpoints Americans have on the Bill of Rights, gun control, and crime in the United States; and (4) develop informed opinions about the issue and discuss the future of gun control. The guide contains four activities that involve class discussions and small-group work. Student handouts are provided. The active learning approach encourages students to go beyond recognition or knowledge of facts to begin analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating the issues and concepts being studied. Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law

Kim, Henny H., Ed. (1999). Guns and Violence. Current Controversies. This book focuses on gun violence and gun control, presenting both sides of arguments about firearms ownership and gun control. Each of five chapters poses a question about gun control and provides answers for both sides of the question. The following essays are included: (1) "Gun Violence Is Becoming an Epidemic" (Bob Herbert); (2) "Gun Violence Is Increasing among Children" (Sandy Grady); (3) "Gun Violence Is Overwhelming the Nation's Health Care System" (Susan Headden); (4) "Gun Violence Is Killing Many Young People" (Jennifer Weiner); (5) "Guns Can Prevent Violence" (John R. Lott, Jr.); (6) "Guns Should Not Be Blamed for Violence" (Don Feder); (7) "The Public's Fear of Violent Crime Is Excessive" (Beth Shuster); (8) "America's Gun Violence Problem Is Exaggerated" (Ted Drane); (9) "Enforcing Gun Control Laws Can Reduce Murders" (Jeffrey A. Roth); (10) "Supporting Gun Control Legislation Would Reduce Crime" ("Glamour" magazine); (11) "Controlling Legal Gun Ownership Does Not Reduce Crime" (John R. Lott, Jr.); (12) "Increased Gun Control Would Result in More Burglaries" (David Kopel); (13) "Domestic Violence Gun Control Laws Hinder Crime Reduction" (James Bovard); (14) "The Second Amendment and Gun Control: An Overview" (Wendy Kaminer); (15) "Gun Control Is Constitutional" (Melissa Huelsman); (16) "The Second Amendment Does Not Guarantee the Right To Own a Gun" (Join Together); (17) "Supreme Court Decisions Support the Constitutionality of Gun Control" (Roger Simon); (18) "Gun Control Is Not Constitutional" (Stephen P. Halbrook); (19) "A Threatened Second Amendment Threatens Freedom" (Charlton Heston); (20) "Gun Control Denies Citizens' Rights (George Detweiler); (21) "Restrictions on Gun Ownership Are the First Step toward Confiscation" (Brian Puckett); (22) "Gun Ownership and Self-Defense: An Overview" (Fred Guterl); (23) "Gun Ownership Provides Effective Self-Defense" (Sarah Thompson); (24) "Gun Ownership Displays Responsible Behavior" (Tara Powell); (25) "Gun Owners Protect Themselves from Crime" (Stephen Chapman); (26) "Gun Ownership Does Not Increase Personal Safety" (Robin Arquette); (27) "Guns in the House Endanger Innocent Lives" (Jane E. Brody); (28) "Gun Ownership Is Not Effective Self-Defense for Women" (Ann Jones); (29) "Ways To Reduce Gun Violence: An Overview" (Michael D'Antonio); (30) "Spiritual Involvement Would Reduce Gun Violence" (Caleb Rosado); (31) "Controlling Gun Manufacturers Would Reduce Gun Violence" (William Greider); (32) "Holding Gun Manufacturers Accountable Would Reduce Gun-Related Deaths" (Sarah Brady); (33) "Treating Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue Could Reduce the Problem" (George M. Anderson); (34) "Responsible Gun Ownership Would Reduce Gun Violence" (Bart Kendrick); and (35) "Getting Involved Can Help Reduce Gun Violence" (Michigan Partnership To Prevent Gun Violence). (Contains 56 references.) Descriptors: Crime, Elementary Secondary Education, Gun Control, Guns

Spitzer, Robert J. (1999). The Gun Dispute, American Educator. Explores the debate over gun ownership and gun control in the United States, focusing on the historic place of guns in U.S. society. The current national mood is more receptive than ever to restricting and regulating adolescent access to guns in light of recent school shootings. Descriptors: Adolescents, Gun Control, Guns, Prevention

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