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Gun Control

Provides print and electronic resources on the topic of gun control.

About Gun Control

Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school students speak at CNN Town Hall. Guns are responsible for over thirty-three thousand deaths in the United States annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About two-thirds of these gun-related deaths are suicides. The United States leads the world with more gun-related homicides and suicides than any other country, according to a 2016 study conducted by the American Journal of Medicine. In 2014, the CDC reported that 11,008 of the 15,872 homicides committed in the United States that year involved a firearm. Of the 42,826 suicides reported that year, 21,386 involved a firearm. These statistics have inspired efforts at the federal and state levels to enact gun control legislation to reduce crime and violence. (Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • Is the United State’s gun-centered culture responsible for an increase in shootings?
  • Will outlawing handguns make the United States any safer?
  • Globally gun control laws are very strict and gun crime is very low - should the United States consider what works for other countries?
  • Should the Second Amendment be adjusted for the times?
  • Is an individual's right to bear arms more important than the safety of the general public?
  • Do gun shows promote the use of guns? Should cities ban gun shows?
  • How has the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act of 1994 affected gun laws?
  • Should gun rights be controlled by the states or the federal government?
  • Explain "Smart Gun" technology and the pros/cons of making it a mandatory feature.
  • How does permitting licensed guns on college campuses in Florida affect the campus safety?
  • How does "Stand Your Ground" laws intersect with gun violence?