Gun Control

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The true intention of the Second Amendment, guaranteeing the right to bear arms, has been questioned and scrutinized since the introduction of the Bill of Rights. Is gun ownership a fundamental right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, or is it a misunderstood historical artifact that opens the door to danger and violence? Some contend that guns should be loosely regulated, while others call for stricter laws and, sometimes, outright bans. But does gun control really work, and who is responsible for gun ...

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Overview

The true intention of the Second Amendment, guaranteeing the right to bear arms, has been questioned and scrutinized since the introduction of the Bill of Rights. Is gun ownership a fundamental right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, or is it a misunderstood historical artifact that opens the door to danger and violence? Some contend that guns should be loosely regulated, while others call for stricter laws and, sometimes, outright bans. But does gun control really work, and who is responsible for gun violence? Plus, with new technological advances in weaponry, what does the future hold for the gun control debate? This newly revised edition of Gun Control explores these and many other questions pertaining to this highly controversial topic.

Each book in the Point/Counterpoint series offers all the statutes, legal opinions, and studies a student needs to structure a cohesive argument on a given controversial topic. Issues are presented from multiple points of few sidebars cite laws, opinions, and court cases to aid in critical analysis: appendices help students conduct legal research; and all source are fully documented.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction The Politics of Gun Control 11

Point Gun Activists Misconstrue the Second Amendment 21

Counterpoint The Second Amendment Remains Relevant 30

Poiny Gun-Control Laws Reduce Violence 41

Counterpoint Gun Control Does Not Prevent Crime 60

Point Manufacturers Should Share in Guns' Costs to Society 73

Counterpoint Gun Manufacturers Are Not Responsible for Gun-Related Deaths 80

Conclusion: The Future of Gun Control in the United States 86

Appendix: Beginning Legal Research 94

Elements of the Argument 97

Notes 102

Resources 107

Picture Credits 112

Index 113

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