Among the possible arguments that I can expect against my claims is one that says that there is no harm in having stricter gun control. Critics can argue that even if I get to prove that other factors are involved, it wouldn’t hurt to have stricter gun controls anyway even if there’s no direct evidence that it would help. I can counteract this argument exactly by discussing the detriments that stricter gun control policies can have on present and future legitimate gun owners.
Also, I can discuss how the American public would essentially be giving up some of its liberty by agreeing to stricter gun control laws and so should have the assurance that such laws would actually work. If a law is not expected to work then citizens have the right not to be subjected to such a law. Step 4: Full APA reference for your first source Poe, Richard. (2001). The Seven Myths of Gun Control. Random House Inc. This book has a good discussion of certain myths regarding gun control such as whether or not gun control has significantly reduced crime over the past decade.
It seems to have good historically based information that I can use to substantiate the claims that I am making. Step 5: Full APA reference for your second source Kleck, Gary. (1997). Targeting Guns– Firearms and Their Control. Transaction Pub This seems to be a balanced resource both for and against stricter gun control. While Kleck acknowledges the dangers of having guns around the house, he also cites statistics about gun owners being saved by the use of their guns against break-ins and other crimes.
What caught my eye in this book was that it showed that there was a much greater number of Americans reporting incidents where the presence and/or use of the guns they owned averted a threat than those who reported that they were victimized in a firearm-related crime. Step 6: Full APA reference for your third source Moore, Michael. (2002).
Bowling for Columbine. MGM Distribution Co. This source is actually a 120 min. documentary containing criticisms against stricter gun control laws as effective means to stop gun related violence. There are some comparisons made in this documentary between U. S. gun control policies and those of other countries. There is also an interesting discussion regarding the role that media plays in making Americans “shoot each other” more often than other people. It also has some very informative information regarding some of the most gruesome cases of gun related violence in American history such as the Columbine shootings.
Poe, Richard. (2001). The Seven Myths of Gun Control. Random House Inc. Kleck, Gary. (1997). Targeting Guns– Firearms and Their Control. Transaction Pub. Moore, Michael. (2002). Bowling for Columbine. MGM Distribution Co.