Readings in Gun Control Issues



"Mexican Police, Politicians Unite after Drug Shooting." Morning Edition 30 Apr. 2008.Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 16 Jan. 2013.[AUDIO]

"Border Violence Is Increasing."
Conery, Ben, and Jerry Seper. "Border Violence Is Increasing." Mexico. David Haugen and Susan Musser. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2012. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Border Violence Threatens Americans." Washington Times. 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 16 Jan. 2013.
Smuggling of Guns

"Around the World, Massacres Have Spurred Gun Control"

"It is a familiar pattern around the world--from Britain to Australia, grief at mass shootings has been followed by swift political action to tighten gun laws." (Arab News) This article discusses how gun violence and mass killings around the world has sparked gun control legislation, and how the United States may follow suit.

CITATION: "Around World, Massacres Have Spurred Gun Control." Arab News. 19 Dec 2012: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 28 Jan 2013.


"Chicago Is Grappling With Gun Violence."
"In the wake of the Newtown school shootings, as the nation talks anew of guns and the laws that regulate them, President Obama's adopted home town of Chicago is struggling to retake its most violent neighborhoods from the gunmen who shoot with impunity." (Washington Post) This article reports on the staggering gun violence afflicting the city of Chicago.
SOURCE: Slevin, Peter. "Chicago Is Grappling With Gun Violence." Washington Post. 23 Dec 2012: p. A.9. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 10 Jan 2013.

"Understanding Kids, Gangs and Guns
" Chicago hit a grim milestone last week, when it recorded its 400th murder for the year. Homicides are up about 25 percent over last year. Chicago has surpassed New York and Los Angeles as a hub of gun-related violence, most of it involving young people."
SOURCE: Venkatesh, Sudhir. "Understanding Kids, Gangs and Guns." New York Times 4 Oct. 2012: A35(L). Global Issues In Context

Some gun deaths forgotten
"Why do the deaths of 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut gain more attention than the deaths of 260 children killed in Chicago over a three-year period?"
SOURCE: "Some gun deaths forgotten." USA Today 7 Jan. 2013: 07A. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 14 Jan. 2013


"Living With Gun Violence
"The Times's Corey Kilgannon speaks to neighborhood residents a day after six people were injured during a shooting in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Two of the victims were children."
SOURCE:"Living With Gun Violence." Video Collection 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 14 Jan. 2013.

"Murder of John Lennon."
"Lennon was shot outside his apartment building in New York City, in front of his wife, Yoko Ono, on December 8, 1980. The shooting took place around 11:00 p.m. as the couple returned from a recording session. Lennon was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital, where he died after massive hemorrhaging." SOURCE:"Murder of John Lennon." Pop Culture Universe: Icons, Idols, Ideas. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 15 Jan. 2013.



"Cultural Factors Play a Role in Gun Violence[The Psychogeography of Gun Violence]
"The culture of honor ... sees violence as an "appropriate response to insults" and as "a means of self-protection."
SOURCE: Florida, Richard. "Cultural Factors Play a Role in Gun Violence." Guns and Crime. Ed. Christine Watkins. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2012. At Issue. Rpt. from "The Psychogeography of Gun Violence." The Atlantic (12 Jan. 2011). Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 14 Jan. 2013.

"Columbine shooting." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 16 Jan. 2013.
"Gun Spree at Columbine High." The New York Times. The New York Times, 21 Apr. 1999. Web. 16 Jan. 2013. [Notice the date of the article]

"One of the 'Little Rock Nine' to Speak at Evergreen Campuses"
Gun use during the "Little Rock Nine", a historic event for the American Civil Rights movement.


School Violence AND Gun Control

"Columbine shooting." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2013. Web. 16 Jan. 2013.

"A Gun-Free School Zone."
"Politicians, political commentators and many others greeted with derision the National Rifle Association's proposal that armed security guards be posted in all U.S. schools....The NRA proposal is a bad idea not only because it means more policing but also because it would mean policing by the wrong people. While the presence of police officers in schools can have harmful effects, schools with security guards--particularly armed security guards--fare even worse....There are clear drawbacks to having armed guards in schools."
SOURCE: Kupchik, Aaron. "A Gun-Free School Zone." Washington Post. 31 Dec 2012: A.13. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 16 Jan 2013.

"Newtown Weighs Fate of Conn. School Where 26 Died."
"Talk about Sandy Hook Elementary School is turning from last month's massacre to the future, with differing opinions on whether students and staff should ever return to the building where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators."
SOURCE: "Newtown Weighs Fate of Conn. School Where 26 Died." NBC New York. NBC, 2013. Web. 16 Jan. 2013.

"Giffords and Kelly: Fighting Gun Violence"
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and her husband Mark Kelly, an astronaut, respond to the Newtown school shooting. "I was shot in the head while meeting with constituents two years ago today. Since then, my extensive rehabilitation has brought excitement and gratitude to our family. But time and time again, our joy has been diminished by new, all too familiar images of death on television: the breaking news alert, stunned witnesses blinking away tears over unspeakable carnage, another community in mourning."
SOURCE: Giffords, Gabrielle, and Mark Kelly. "Giffords and Kelly: Fighting Gun Violence." USA Today. Gannett, 8 Jan. 2013. Web. 25 Jan. 2013.


Perspectives on gun control about/from police officers

Cops and Gun Control: The REAL StoryAn opinion from the Law Enforcement Alliance of America: "One of the driving forces behind LEAA’s founding was to dispel the false impression that America’s police favor more gun control. We know, and research backs us up, an overwhelming majority of America’s rank-and-file cops support private ownership of firearms."SOURCE: "Cops and Gun Control: The REAL Story." Law Enforcement Alliance of America. Web. 25 Jan 2013. <>

"In the Center of the Gun-Control Debate, a Father of a Convicted School-Shooting Conspirator"
"As he [Vice President Biden] explained to the panel of assembled police leaders on Dec. 20, “you have a much more holistic view about how to deal with violence on our streets and in our country.” Sitting directly to right of the vice president was a man for whom these words must have felt all-too fitting.
It was Thomas Nee, a Boston police officer and the president of the National Association of Police Organizations. In 2008, his son Joe was convicted and sentenced to two and a half years in prison for plotting to commit a Columbine-style massacre at his Massachusetts high school."
SOURCE: Resnick, Brian. "In the Center of the Gun-Control Debate, a Father of a Convicted School-Shooting Conspirator." N.p., 16 Jan. 2013. Web. 25 Jan. 2013.

"Bloomberg's out-of-order remarks got one thing right"
"When an elected official whose heart seems to be in the right place offers a courageous perspective on an important subject, I'm inclined to try to find some good in it.
But in the case of Michael Bloomberg's off-the-cuff statement that police officers across the country should threaten to go on strike until citizens pressure lawmakers to pass more gun control laws, the search was arduous."

SOURCE: Jr., Ruben Navarrette, and The Opinions Expressed in This Commentary Are Solely Those of Ruben Navarrette Jr. "Bloomberg's Out-of-order Remarks Got One Thing Right." Column. CNN. Cable News Network, 26 July 2012. Web. 25 Jan. 2013.

"Gun Control: Is David Gregory's On-Air Stunt Proof of Media Bias?"

"Washington police are investigating 'Meet the Press' host David Gregory for holding up a rifle clip on air. Gun control opponents see the incident as proof the media are biased against them. When NBC News reporter David Gregory held up a high-capacity rifle magazine during a 'Meet the Press' interview with National Rifle Association chief lobbyist Wayne LaPierre on Sunday [Dec 23, 2012], he not only got himself in trouble with Washington, D.C., police, he ignited a firestorm of criticism from gun owners decrying what they see as a double standard, even bias." (Christian Science Monitor) In this article, the author addresses media bias by presenting the case of NBC News reporter David Gregory, where he held up a rifle magazine on-air during an interview with the chief lobbyist of the National Rifle Association.

Jonsson, Patrik. "Gun Control: Is David Gregory's On-Air Stunt Proof of Media Bias?." Christian Science Monitor. 27 Dec 2012: n.p. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 28 Jan 2013.

Coalition for Gun Control

NRA Column