Gun Nation: The USA and the Right to Carry Firearms

Dear class, here are some links concerning the debate on gun ownership and gun control. Of course this list is not extensive, but only a starting point for your own research. Feel free to add more links via the comment section.

Gun Ownership in the US: An Overview


The „American Carnage“: Mass Shootings on a Daily Basis


Tougher Restrictions ? More Guns, More Safety?

  • As a reaction to the Newtown shooting President Obama wants to reform gun regulations in order reduce the number of gun crimes.
  • The government’s plans have been violently attacked by gun supporters. Only weeks after the Newtown shooting, the NRA ran this campaign to stop President Obama from passing stricter gun laws. In sharp contrast gun rights activists claim that the answer to the rising number of gun deaths in the USA is more guns. From their point of view the more guns you have in the country the safer it will be.
  • In Arkansas the first school has started to equip teachers with handguns. They receive a 60 hour training and will carry the guns concealed, i.e. not visible. However, the debate continues.
  • A new development in gun technology promises to reduce the number of gun crime. Will ‚smart gun technology‚ make firearms safer?

What is your opinion on this topic?

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