Bibliography: Gun Control (page 03 of 10)

This bibliography is independently curated for the Positive Universe website.  Some of the authors featured on this page include Laurie Duker, Curriculum Review, Raymond S. Rodgers, Washington Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Donna Harrington-Lueker, David Lester, Jeffrey C. Browne, Philadelphia Lutheran Social Mission Society, Terry Grandison, and David McDowall.

Lester, David; Murrell, Mary E. (1982). The Preventive Effect of Strict Gun Control Laws on Suicide and Homicide, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Examined state gun control laws and used a multidimensional scaling technique to study the relationship of strictness and death rates. Results showed states with stricter laws had lower suicide rates by firearms but higher rates by other means. No effect on homicide was found. Descriptors: Etiology, Gun Control, Laws, Prevention

Duker, Laurie, Ed. (1994). Gun Sales. Firearm Facts. Minimal federal regulations on firearm sales have facilitated the proliferation of guns, gun owners, and gun dealers in the United States. This fact sheet offers data on the growing number of firearm dealers, the relative ease of obtaining and keeping a license to sell guns from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the lack of safety standards and effective gun control legislation, and the number of new guns being produced. Also provided is a brief description of the Brady law and its immediate effectiveness.   [More]  Descriptors: Certification, Crime, Federal Legislation, Gun Control

Mertz, Gayle; Mertz, David (1995). Proposed Federal Gun-Control Amendment. Student Forum, Update on Law-Related Education. Presents an outline for a student-run forum on a proposed federal gun control amendment. Procedures include mandatory reading assignments and researching the issue. Students role-play fictional representative characters and later facilitate discussions. Concludes with a vote on the amendment. Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Court Role

McDowall, David; Loftin, Colin (1983). Collective Security and the Demand for Legal Handguns, American Journal of Sociology. Law confidence in collective security contributes to the need for and the resistance to gun control policies. Time-series data on legal gun demand in Detroit from 1951 to 1977 are consistent with a model in which individuals respond to high violent crime rates, civil disorders, and police strength. Descriptors: Civil Disobedience, Crime, Gun Control, Guns

Anderson, James F.; Dyson, Laronistine; Grandison, Terry (1998). Spinal Cord Injury as a Permanent Consequence of Victimization in Random Violence: A Public Health Perspective, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. Traumatic spinal cord injuries resulting from criminal violence is a growing public health concern. Citing the criminal justice system's failure to reduce violence and the costs of treating injuries, a public health-education approach is advocated. Approaches to prevention, gun control, and a comprehensive family policy are discussed. Descriptors: Costs, Crime Prevention, Economic Impact, Health Education

Browne, Jeffrey C.; Van Dunk, Emily; Perloff, William H. (2003). Aiming for Safety: A Survey of Public Opinion on Gun Policy in Wisconsin. A Wiskids Count Special Report, 2003. Noting that in Wisconsin, 146 children have died as a result of gunfire in the preceding 5 years [1996-2000], this report provides a detailed look at the issue of handgun safety from the perspective of citizens living in Wisconsin. Participating in the state-wide telephone interviews were 600 adult residents representative of the adult state population with respect to race, gender, education, income, and geography. Survey findings revealed that the majority of Wisconsin citizens are in favor of gun control but are also opposed to measures that would ban handguns entirely or make them easier to obtain. Seventy percent support handgun safety legislative action and most believe there should be laws requiring handguns to have safety features. Most residents do not believe that handguns in homes or in the hands of women deter violence. The most often cited causes of handgun violence were gangs and drugs. Other factors related to handgun violence included improper handgun storage, lack of training in the proper use of handguns, the media, and domestic violence. Most respondents do not believe that gun violence is getting worse in their communities or that handguns can be easily obtained. Gun ownership has increased among Wisconsin residents significantly, with 50 percent of households owning a shotgun, up from 38 percent in the late 1990s. Twenty-six percent of households have handguns, up from 8 percent in 1997. In addition to survey findings, the report includes an essay discussing the effects that violence has on children and focusing on the cognitive, emotional, and developmental harm done by witnessing or being a victim of violence. A description of the survey methodology is appended.   [More]  Descriptors: Child Safety, Children, Gun Control, Guns

Duker, Laurie, Ed. (1994). Unintentional Gun Deaths among Children. Firearm Facts. Children are at risk of being killed or injured by a gun if their parents own a gun because many guns obtained for self-defense are kept loaded and within reach of children. This brief fact sheet presents statistical information relating to accidental deaths involving young people and firearms. Safety measures are suggested for preventing accidental shootings, such as keeping guns locked up and requiring trigger locks or loading indicators. Support is given for stricter gun control legislation affecting gun manufacturers. Includes one graph on unintentional firearm mortality rates by gender and age group.   [More]  Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Adolescents, Children, Gun Control

Rodgers, Raymond S. (1983). The Rhetoric of the NRA: Handgun Control Legislation, Vital Speeches of the Day. A speech communication professor applies his rhetorical training to an analysis of the NRA's opposition to gun control legislation. (Available from City News Publishing Co., Box 606, Southold, NY 11971; sc $1.25.) Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Gun Control, Higher Education, National Organizations

Sembor, Edward C. (1997). Citizenship, Diversity and Distance Learning: Videoconferencing in Connecticut, Social Education. Profiles a videoconference that brought together two seventh-grade classes in Connecticut. Over several days, white, middle-class, rural students discussed topical issues with urban black students. Topics raised included diversity, politics, gun control and local issues. Includes students' responses to the program. Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Cultural Pluralism, Democratic Values

Reynolds, Christopher (1997). Issue Management and the Australian Gun Debate, Public Relations Review. Examines the rise and fall of media coverage of the issues of gun control and political conflict in Australia after an incident of mass murder in April 1996. Aims to reveal the issue management process that occurred and the hidden agendas that motivated the political and media activity. Demonstrates the media's role in the creation of issue salience. Descriptors: Agenda Setting, Foreign Countries, Gun Control, Guns

Curriculum Review (1979). Social Studies: Law Education. Reviews 11 series, texts, supplements, kits, and professional references for law instruction, including civil and criminal law, the Bill of Rights, and controversial legal issues: arson, gun control, capital punishment, and euthanasia. While all grade levels are covered, the emphasis is on secondary-level materials. Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Book Reviews, Civics, Criminal Law

Callahan, Tim; Felton, Randall (1980). The Newspaper in the Social Studies Classroom: An Issue Oriented Curriculum. Social studies teachers can involve their students in an issues-oriented curriculum by using the least expensive, least threatening medium available, the newspaper. The newspaper's stock in trade is the relevant, timely issue–just what is missing from all too many social studies classrooms. In dealing with issues in social studies classrooms, teachers are only limited by their imaginations. For example, three specific issues that can be explored through the use of the newspaper are gun control, capital punishment, and societal roles. Each issue can become an activity unit that would be approximately 1 to 2 weeks in length. A collection of news articles, editorials, letters to the editor, syndicated columns, editorial cartoons, and even advertisements would be useful to a discussion of gun control. The controversy surrounding capital punishment can be explored through a study of editorial pages. The advertising media of newspapers is a good place to examine how societal roles are changed or perpetuated. (Discussion questions and sequential activities are suggested for each topic issue.)   [More]  Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Newspapers

Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Washington, DC. (2000). A Year after Columbine: Public Looks to Parents More than Schools To Prevent Violence. An April 2000 telephone survey queried a nationwide sample of 1,000 adults, including 283 parents of children ages 5 to 17 years, concerning school violence and other issues in the news. The vast majority of those surveyed said they believe it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that school shootings, such as occurred at Columbine High School, are not repeated. Approximately 70 percent of parents said that the Columbine violence has had some impact on their feelings about the safety of their children at school. Eighty-five percent of adults placed the responsibility for preventing future school violence incidents in the hands of parents. Attitudes on gun control remained unchanged from a year earlier, with 66 percent saying that controlling gun ownership was more important than protecting Americans' rights to own guns. Gender and political party differences remain. The majority indicated that more jobs and community programs for young people would reduce violent crime and that it is more important to enforce existing gun laws than to enact new statutes. Sixty percent said they believe that paying more attention to children with antisocial attitudes would be more effective than increasing school security, passing stricter gun control laws, or reducing violence in popular entertainment. Parents are split on what they think is the main reason youth commit violent acts, with about one-third each stating that parental upbringing or media violence is at fault. (A tabulation of survey responses for each question is attached.)   [More]  Descriptors: Child Safety, Elementary Secondary Education, Gun Control, Legislation

Harrington-Lueker, Donna (1992). Blown Away, American School Board Journal. The number of students killed or injured by gunfire while at schools is increasing. The National Rifle Association, the nation's powerful gun lobby, has a gun safety program; however, children's advocates say stricter gun-control laws are necessary. Briefly cites 24 gun incidents and describes 4 semiautomatic pistols that were among the firearms used in this year's incidents. Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Gun Control, Guns, Prevention

Lutheran Social Mission Society, Philadelphia, PA. Lutheran Settlement House. (1994). Women's and Community Issues Magazine. Final Report. General Educational Development (GED), pre-GED, and adult basic education students and teachers in Lutheran Settlement House Women's Program GED classes participated in the production of two magazines focusing on women's and community issues. The process included the following: surveying GED classes to determine which current issues were of paramount interest; distributing survey results to teachers and students with some preliminary student writings; looking for and collecting articles from local newspapers that were relevant to the issues selected; circulating articles for reading and discussion in classrooms; submitting student writings for publication; establishing an editorial review board for selection and preparation of writings; and printing and distribution of the two issues. GED students who participated showed some improvement in essay-writing skills as measured by the Official GED Practice Test and the actual GED Writing Skills test. Appendixes include the women's issues and community issues survey and a women's issues article review. The two magazines produced follow the report. Issue 1 includes the sample survey form and survey results and student responses to these issues: abuse of children, AIDS, domestic violence, the homeless, abortion/fertility, and gun control/violence. Issue 2 contains materials from the New Beginnings graduation and awards ceremony–welcome, agenda, speakers' biographies, lists of graduates and awardees–and student responses to these issues: homelessness, AIDS, domestic violence and gun control/violence, abuse of children, abortion and fertility, and welfare reform.   [More]  Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency Programs, Periodicals, School Publications

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