Bibliography: Gun Control (page 04 of 10)

This annotated bibliography is reformatted and customized for the Positive Universe website.  Some of the authors featured on this page include Inc. Turner Educational Services, Jory Post, Northbrook Who's Who among American High School Students, J. Charles Park, Michael H. Romanowski, Judith Bonderman, New York Institute of Life Insurance, Robert K. Miller, Laurie Duker, and Granada Hills Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity International.

Duker, Laurie (1992). Preventing Child and Adolescent Firearm Injuries. Firearm Facts. In an effort to reduce the current epidemic of gun violence among children and adolescents in the United States, this fact sheet presents various approaches to reducing access to and interest in carrying firearms. Suggested approaches to reducing access include: (1) urging parents to turn in their guns to police; (2) repealing anti-gun control legislation; (3) making illegal gun trafficking a priority for local law enforcement; (4) increasing fees for gun licenses; and (5) establishing confidential hotlines to report students carrying guns at school. Methods offered for reducing young peoples' desire to carry and use firearms include: (1) teaching parents and children to channel anger without resorting to violence; (2) teaching at-risk youth effective conflict resolution methods; (3) increasing availability of mental health services; (4) providing safe places for youth to congregate; and (5) reducing the glorification of violence in the media. Includes ways of assessing the true cost of gun violence.   [More]  Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Adolescents, Children, Family Violence

Huber, Robert B. (1976). ERIC First Analysis: 1976-77 National High School Debate Resolutions (How Can the Criminal Justice System in the United States Best Be Improved?). The goal of this booklet is to assist debaters in developing problem-solving skills as represented in the 1976-77 debate topic: How can the criminal justice system in the United States best be improved? The sections of this document focus on the need for criminal justice reform; procedural steps in the criminal justice system; discussing or debating penal reform; lack of uniform codes; and gun control. The sections are geared toward the 1976-77 discussion questions and debate propositions. Such topics are discussed as police detention, prosecution, adjudication, procedures in the Department of Corrections, victimless crimes and prison population, need for new standards, pretrial delay, quality of probation and parole officers, mandatory sentences, and prisoner's rights. A lengthy reading list related to the debate topic is also included.   [More]  Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Criminal Law, Debate, Justice

Ward, Jill M. (1999). Children and Guns: A Children's Defense Fund Report on Children Dying from Gunfire in America. Asserting that escalating violence against and by children and adolescents is the manifestation of a range of serious and long neglected problems, this report examines the contribution of deadly firearms to the prevalence of violence in American communities, presents statistics on national trends, and describes state actions. Following an executive summary, the report presents trends in child and teen firearm deaths from 1979 to 1997 due to homicide, suicide, accident, and unknown intent. Age and racial differences in deaths due to firearms are also presented. In addition, state statistics for firearm deaths from 1995 to 1997 are presented in a tabular format. The report continues with an examination of actions taken by various states and communities to protect children from guns. Gun safety laws are described, including laws related to trigger locks, child firearm access prevention laws, and transfer/sale/possession restrictions. The type of gun control laws is delineated by state. The report concludes with recommendations for actions to be taken by parents and grandparents, educators, religious leaders, and community leaders. (Contains 26 references.) Descriptors: Accidents, Age Differences, Children, Comparative Analysis

Miller, Robert K. (1995). The Informed Argument: A Multidisciplinary Reader and Guide. Fourth Edition. Reflecting the belief that learning is best fostered by encouraging students to read, reflect, and write about serious issues, this book is designed to help students argue on behalf of their beliefs so that other people will take them seriously. The 85 readings gathered in the book (60 of which are new to the fourth edition) give students adequate information for writing about a variety of topics. Readings in the book are drawn from the fields of biology, business, education, history, journalism, law, literature, political science, psychology, public health, and sociology. Part 1 introduces students to the basic principles of argumentation they need to analyze the arguments they read and to compose arguments of their own. Part 2 discusses the evaluation, annotation, paraphrase, summary, synthesis, and documentation of texts. Part 3 presents sources for arguments on the topics of gun control, AIDS in the workplace, sexual harassment, immigration, culture and curriculum, freedom of expression, and literary criticism. Part 4 presents some classic arguments, including Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal," Karl Marx's and Friedrich Engels'"Communist Manifesto," and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail." Part 5 discusses how to find sources in a library. The book contains 13 essays written by students which respond to sources reprinted in the book. A glossary of terms is attached. Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Anthologies, Freedom of Speech, Gun Control

Turner Educational Services, Inc., Newtown, PA. (2000). CNN Newsroom Classroom Guides, May 2000. These classroom guides, designed to accompany the daily CNN (Cable News Network) Newsroom broadcasts for the month of May 2000, provide program rundowns, suggestions for class activities and discussion, student handouts, and a list of related news terms. Top stories include: U.S. Government files a proposal to split up Microsoft, terrorism source shifts from Middle East to South Asia, Lockerbie bombing trial begins, 30th anniversary of the Kent State University shootings, and the "ILOVEYOU" computer virus strikes worldwide (May 1-5); U.N. peacekeepers held hostage by rebel forces in Sierra Leone, investigators trace "ILOVEYOU" computer virus to an apartment in Manila, citizens evacuate to Freetown as rebel forces retreat in Sierra Leone, U.S. Court of Appeals hears the Elian Gonzalez case, and what began as a controlled fire rages uncontrolled in New Mexico (May 8-12); Mothers rally in Washington, D.C. to push for tougher gun control laws, Sierra Leone's RUF rebels release 139 U.N. hostages, Israel and Palestine pursue peace negotiations, rebel leader Foday Sankoh is captured in Sierra Leone, and the space shuttle Atlantis is poised to begin its voyage to the International Space Station (May 15-19); the future of U.S.-China trade, simulation exercises help U.S. authorities determine how to handle a terrorist attack, Israeli troops withdraw from their "security zone" on the Lebanese border, the U.S. House of Representatives approves Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China, and Lebanese declare a national holiday as Israeli troops withdraw from their county (May 22-26); Peru's President Fujimori declares victory in a race some say was fraudulent, and President Clinton begins a weeklong trip to Europe (May 30-31). Descriptors: Cable Television, Class Activities, Current Events, Discussion

Duker, Laurie, Ed. (1994). Youth Suicide and Guns. Firearm Facts. Whether or not a suicide attempt results in death depends in large part on the method chosen. If a teenager attempts suicide with a gun, his or her death is nearly guaranteed. This brief fact sheet presents data on firearms and suicide, the third leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults in the United States. Any number of societal or personal factors could be causing more American youths to attempt suicide, but the use of guns makes these attempts successful. Statistics are given for the lethality of different suicide methods, and a comparison of the youth firearm suicide rate in an American city and a Canadian city with strict gun control laws. Finally, the impact of drinking on suicides among teenagers with access to firearms is touched on.   [More]  Descriptors: Adolescents, Death, Gun Control, Guns

Post, Jory (1991). Into Adolescence: Stopping Violence. A Curriculum for Grades 5-8. Contemporary Health Series. This module presents a curriculum on violence prevention for middle school students. It begins with a discussion of what violence is. The second lesson helps students to examine the portrayal of violence in various media. In the third lesson, students examine their own anger and their own tendencies toward violence. The fourth lesson examines the dangers of fighting or becoming involved in a violent incident. In the fifth lesson, students are introduced to the idea of conflict resolution and learn three basic ways to resolve conflicts. In the sixth lesson, students discuss the issue of gun control, including the second amendment to the Constitution. The seventh lesson looks at the philosophy of nonviolence, using the actions of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. to illustrate the principles of nonviolence. In the final lesson, students work in small groups as task forces to develop violence prevention plans. For each lesson, information is included on the objectives of the lesson, the time required, an overview of the lesson, instructional strategies, a list of teacher materials and preparation, the procedure, evaluation methods, and follow-up suggestions. Necessary worksheet and supplemental materials are included. Descriptors: Adolescents, Conflict Resolution, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students

Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. (1989). Children and Guns. Hearing before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. House of Representatives, One Hundred First Congress, First Session. Law enforcement officials, experts in public health, criminologists, educators, and youth offered testimony intended to help Congress understand the scope of the threat of guns and firearm violence to young people and the strains of the firearm problem on public and community services. A fact sheet points out that: (1) increasing numbers of youth are killed by firearms; (2) guns in the home are more likely to be used to kill residents than guns of intruders; (3) guns, mostly handguns, are used in the majority of youth homicides; (4) guns are used in most youth suicides; (5) youth bring guns to school with increasing frequency; (6) gunshot injuries of children are increasing and burdening the health care system; and (7) firearms are more deadly than other weapons in assaults and suicides. The report provides data tables on trends in firearm violence among the young and firearm production by U.S. manufacturers 1973-85, and a paper by Gary Kleck, "Policy Lessons from Recent Gun Control Research."   [More]  Descriptors: Accidents, Community Problems, Crime, Federal Government

Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity International, Granada Hills, CA. Public Service Center. (1995). The Lesson Plan of the Month. Series 3. 10 Lesson Series. Focusing on current topics germane to law-related education (LRE), this guide features ten LRE lessons. As part of a series of lesson plans compiled by Phi Alpha Delta, this collection presents a lesson plan on current issues for each month of the school year. Intended for high school and middle school with adaptations for elementary school, the individual lessons focus on school violence, school prayer, gun control, stalking, media influences, balancing the budget, the meaning of character, nuclear proliferation, immigration, and the penal system. Each lesson plan provides a lesson description, objectives, key concepts and vocabulary, detailed steps for implementing the lesson, questions for class discussion, and suggestions for additional activities. The lessons also include handouts and other relevant teaching materials. Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights

Park, J. Charles (1977). Education and the New Right. Ultra-conservatives calling themselves the "new right" have made recent gains because of grass-roots interest in issues such as blocking gun control legislation, stopping the Equal Rights Amendment, lowering taxes, and promoting religious fundamentalism. These gains raise serious questions about the future of American education. If a new-right coalition continues to grow, it is likely American education can expect another round of pressure from the ultra-conservatives to restrict funding and curricula. The consequences of eroding public support for education are significant, and unless educators are prepared to become involved in speaking firmly about the importance of education during times of change, diversity, and conflict, it is likely that many of the educational advances of the last few decades will be in jeopardy. Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Political Attitudes, Public Support, School Support

Who's Who among American High School Students, Northbrook, IL. (1991). 22nd Annual Survey of High Achievers: Attitudes and Opinions from the Nation's High Achieving Teens. This study surveyed high school students (N=1,879) who were student leaders or high achievers in the spring of 1991 for the purpose of determining their attitudes. Students were members of the junior or senior high school class during the 1990-91 academic year and were selected for recognition by their principals or guidance counselors, other faculty members, national youth organizations, or the publishing company because of their high achievement in academics, activities, community service, athletics, or their performance in national scholarship or award contests. Statistical results from the study are presented in these areas: demographics; education; employment/spending money; college plans; careers and lifestyles; global economy; environment/politics; hero/heroine for 90s/Persian Gulf War/Armed Forces; suicide; dating/marriage; Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome; sexual issues; abortion; drugs/alcohol/tobacco; date rape; death penalty; and gun control. Descriptors: High Achievement, High School Seniors, High School Students, High Schools

Romanowski, Michael H. (1998). What U.S. History Textbooks Fail To Tell Students about Religion and Faith. Current history textbooks include Christianity in their discussion of U.S. history. A study systematically examined the content of secondary U.S. history textbooks to evaluate the portrayal Christianity. The content of 10 of the nation's most widely used secondary U.S. history textbooks was analyzed. All excerpts dealing with Christianity in contemporary U.S. history were initially examined, and passages were then analyzed in search of recurrent themes. After several readings, emergent themes were identified and categories developed. Pertinent excerpts were then coded into appropriate categories. Findings revealed that 9 out of 10 U.S. history textbooks address Christianity. References made about Christianity usually refer to evangelical Christianity which is often linked with the religious right. Regarding most U.S. history textbooks little effort is made to highlight the importance of the relationship among faith, religion, and historical events. For example, textbooks reduce the faith and beliefs of the religious right to political issues such as positions against abortion, drugs, pornography, gun control, and positions in favor of school prayer, free enterprise, and a strong military. In many textbooks Christianity is given shallow treatment, and described as old-fashioned and extreme. Textbooks fail to provide students with any type of in-depth understanding of the basic beliefs of Christianity and religion is not discussed beyond political activism. Contains 30 references and a list of the textbooks surveyed.   [More]  Descriptors: Christianity, Content Analysis, Discourse Analysis, Language Role

Institute of Life Insurance, New York, NY. (1975). Current Social Issues: The Public's View. Findings from a Series of National Surveys, Spring 1975. The findings of this national survey of public attitudes are the second in a series of reports reflecting important trends in American society. The survey is one of a number made on behalf of the life insurance business by the Institute of Life Insurance. Data for the survey were collected in personal interviews with 1,500 to 3,000 adults. Scientific procedures were followed to make the samples representative of the United States population 18 years old and over. Findings report the public's view on new attitudes toward the family, changes in traditional sex roles, people's orientation toward the present versus the future, feelings of personal control or lack of control, consumerism, civil rights, birth control, gun control, marijuana legalization, and communal living. The findings are reported in statistical percentage charts, along with brief narratives which analyze and interpret the data.   [More]  Descriptors: Consumer Economics, Family Life, Futures (of Society), National Surveys

Turner Educational Services, Inc., Newtown, PA. (2000). CNN Newsroom Classroom Guides, October 2000. These classroom guides, designed to accompany the daily CNN (Cable News Network) Newsroom broadcasts for the month of October 2000, provide program rundowns, suggestions for class activities and discussion, student handouts, and a list of related news terms. Top stories include: Chinese authorities detain Falun Gong protesters on Tiananmen Square and Pope John Paul II angers China by canonizing Chinese martyrs, U.S. presidential candidates prepare for the first presidential debate, U.S. presidential candidates debate education issues, Danville, Kentucky prepares for the first U.S. vice presidential debate, and Yugoslav protesters seize parliament (October 2-6); Yugoslavian president Vojislav Kostunica takes office, recent clashes between Arabs and Israelis concern neighboring Arab states, North Korea observes 55 years of communism with celebrations, Al Gore and George W. Bush meet in the second presidential debate, and Violence in the Mideast and an attack on a U.S. ship in Yemen have far-reaching consequences, concern over Mideast tensions threaten tight oil supply, hope of a Mideast peace (October 9-13); investigation of the attack on the USS Cole continues, Jerusalem's Arabs and Jews share a pessimistic outlook on the peace process, Middle East clashes continue despite an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, a memorial service is held for the crew of the USS Cole, and the U.S. Senate to ease Cuban trade sanctions (October 16-20); Israeli Prime Minister Barak calls for a "time out" from the peace process, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visits North Korea, AT&T to unveil a breakup plan designed to boost shareholder value, one expert predicts an especially severe flu season, and the Pentagon reviews U.S. warship security procedures (October 23-27); prescription drug coverage is an important issue for U.S. presidential candidates, and U.S. presidential candidates' views on gun control differ (October 30-31). Descriptors: Cable Television, Class Activities, Current Events, Discussion

Bonderman, Judith; And Others (1991). Teaching the Bill of Rights: The Case of the Second Amendment. A Critique of Existing Educational Materials and Suggestions for Change. This report contends that most U.S. history and government textbooks give only cursory attention to the Second Amendment "…the right of the people to keep and bear arms…" to the U.S. Constitution, and most endorse a particular political view of the amendment, rather than providing the necessary background for an informed political discussion of gun control. The report begins by summarizing court decisions on the Second Amendment and then provides examples of what students are being taught about the Second Amendment based on a review of 40 leading U.S. history and civics textbooks. Three appendices are included: (1) Court Decisions Supporting "Militia" Interpretation of the Second Amendment; (2) Review of Textbook Discussions of the Second Amendment; and (3) Excerpts From Textbooks Reviewed.   [More]  Descriptors: Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Gun Control, History Instruction

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