I want my research paper to be about gun control in America. The idea of gun control has been tossed around since the idea of the second amendment. It’s problamatic because America has been known for having the most amount guns per capita and the most amount of gun shootings per year. I think this problem should be solved soon to stop having as many shootings as we have right now. I will look at both perspectives to know why people would be for/against gun control because it’s important to know why people do or don’t like gun control laws. Please comment down below and tell me what you think about gun control laws. Are you for or against control laws? Why?

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  1. Jack 2 months ago

    Hi Kavi,
    This is a very good topic that you have addressed. I think that Americans should be able to carry around guns because if something bad were to happen and you had to react with a weapon you would then be able to stop that person quicker than the police.
    I ho]pe you find the answers you are looking for,
    Jack

  2. Casey 3 months ago

    Dear Kavi,
    Gun control is probably the most debated topic in America and especially after last nights massacre in Las Vegas it will be talked about more soon. I personally feel that gun control would be difficult to regulate because everyone already has guns. Therefore it would be nearly impossible to just simply get rid of guns. I do believe however that there needs to be some type of restriction on military grade weapons. No average person needs an assault rifle they are in need of a pistol or just a hunting rifle. Assault rifles are used for pleasure at gun ranges but nothing else besides killing people, not even for hunting. One thing that I have learned about in the past is how Japan regulates gun control so below I have left an article that may help you out!
    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/07/a-land-without-guns-how-japan-has-virtually-eliminated-shooting-deaths/260189/

  3. Bobby 3 months ago

    Dear Kavi,
    Gun control is a very controversial topic in America. You say, “I want to know both perspectives…” I believe gun control is a very flawed concept for the following reasons:

    1) Criminals don’t follow laws, if someone wants to break the law, they will. In other words, criminals don’t use legal guns. What you’re doing is you’re hurting people who want to have guns legally. If you put a restriction on something, criminals will get their hands on it anyway.
    -A good example of this are drugs, there is a 50 state state ban on vape use for minors, yet 2.39 million kids (as of 2015 and were willing to admit on a survey) vaped. This article will explain how easy it is for kids to get their hands on e-cigs. https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/teen-vaping-soars-past-cigarette-use
    Not to mention other types of illegal drugs people use, such as cocaine.

    2) Guns are a more effective means of protecting oneself than any other way. If I asked one of my classmates how they would defend themselves from a criminal who broke into their house, they would say: with a knife or wait for the police to get there. All of which would be negated if they were carrying a gun and they found you before the police arrived. It’s just a fact that you will be safer with a gun than without.

    3) As for people who do suicide because of guns, do you think we should spend more money focusing on stopping people to supposedly stop them or spend money so they don’t want to kill themselves in the first place. Get rid of the cause, you’ll get rid of the effect. Barely any money has went into suicide research anyway.

    I could make smaller point and argue against arguments, but that will be a good start. Ask me again if you want clarification and I will give it.

  4. Isaac 3 months ago

    Kavi,
    Gun control is one of the most decisive issues in the US today. Personally, I believe that people in general should be able to own guns. However, limitations need to be put in place. Gun shows that do not require background checks need to be done away with. Assault rifles and weapons of such caliber should also be heavily restricted, if not banned. Here is an article that may help in your research.
    http://www.governing.com/gov-data/safety-justice/gun-show-firearms-bankground-checks-state-laws-map.html

  5. Sophie 3 months ago

    Kavi, this is a great topic to expand more on. In my personal experience with the issue, I have had to debate both sides in detail in different classes. I agree with the side that there should be gun control, and my reasoning is because there is a lot of accidental injuries and killings of innocent lives, and many suicides that could have been stopped, if there was no gun around. I would compare how gun laws are in other countries, for example, Jaoan or Australia (they have gun control laws in place). The sources I used for my most recent debate were http://injury.findlaw.com/product-liability/gun-laws.html
    http://gun-control.procon.org/
    http://www.newsweek.com/gun-control-what-we-can-learn-other-advanced-countries-37
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    http://www.newsweek.com/trump-set-overturn-guns-mental-health-regulation-557237

  6. Sam 3 months ago

    The issue of gun control is definitely a topical subject. I think that it is important that something is done, and your research can prove why. I believe that there is indeed a connection between gun access and shootings, suicide, etc. This article (https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/07/a-land-without-guns-how-japan-has-virtually-eliminated-shooting-deaths/260189/) describes Japan’s gun control system. They are very strict and, as a result, have very little deaths via guns. It is important, however, to include both sides of the argument, since some people find the 2nd Amendment to be very important. Good luck on your research, I am looking forward to what you write next.

  7. Parker 3 months ago

    I like the idea that you will look at both sides of the isle when it comes to gun control to see what positives and negatives both sides have. Do you think that gun control laws will help with illegal guns being sold on the black market? I think this site shows good pros and cons for gun control in America https://gun-control.procon.org. I have seen guns in my life and I believe that they can be fun if you handle them with the safety and care they need. I look forward to see what you think about gun control and what we can do in America.

  8. Hannah 3 months ago

    Hi Kavi, I am intrigued by your research. There are many crisis happening in America and many of them are gun shooting so it is a really good topic to research now. I think your thesis statement can be more specific. Last week a heard a story happened in my neighborhood, a husband killed his wife at home using gun because they were quarreling about something. So I think, these kind of events should not happen any more. I am looking forward to see whether or not American should pass the gun control policy. Good luck!
    Here is a useful resource for gun policy: http://www.crf-usa.org/images/pdf/gun_policies.pdf

  9. Ceceli 3 months ago

    Kavi, I think this is a really pressing issue in America right now so I think its an interesting topic to be looking into. I think that the law needs some adjustment because yes everyone should have the right to bear arms but only if they are stable to have one. If someone has a scary past giving them a gun should be scary, but at the same time it is hard to judge someone based ontheir past because people can change.
    The next article is a perspective on how guns need to be banned https://newrepublic.com/article/125498/its-time-ban-guns-yes-them
    this article is about why gun control is unjust https://fee.org/articles/why-gun-control-is-unjust/ I hope these two articles help you to look at both sides of this argument.

  10. Lindsay 3 months ago

    Great topic! I personally think there needs to be way more gun control because of the same reasons you said, violence, shootings, ect. I think as a country our laws should make it a lot harder to have a gun and to get a gun license. In many areas it is easier for people to buy guns than it should be, and there are not enough background checks. Protecting ourselves is a right, but having a gun is a privilege. There are more ways we can protect ourselves other than having guns, and I think if no one had guns, we wouldn’t need them at all. I’m excited to see what you come up with!

  11. Isa 3 months ago

    Kavi,
    Personally, I am interested in gun control. I don’t believe it should be legal because look at how many people are dying every day from pointless shootings. Our cops fear things, and their first response is to pull out a gun and shoot someone. Therefore if we do allow cops to have guns they need to be properly trained on when it is necessary to use a gun. Sadly, these resources aren’t always easy to have. Since it is so challenging to get these resources the best bet would be to get rid of guns overall. They aren’t helping anyone, they are killing innocent people. If we could get rid of guns I think our world would be a lot more peaceful. I know I would feel safer around cops if they didn’t have a gun on their waist. Guns have caused so many problems in our world and we shouldn’t let them cause more. Below is an article I found about banning guns that you might find interesting.
    https://newrepublic.com/article/125498/its-time-ban-guns-yes-them
    I would love to hear back from you and know your personal feelings about the topic.

  12. Zachary 3 months ago

    Kavi, this is a really cool topic that you have decided to do your research project on. Gun control has been a very controversial topic throughout the United States over the past couple of years. I see the issue both ways and believe that it is someones right to own a gun, but we also need to make sure that those people that have a gun are responsible and have the ability to own the gun. I do believe that the law over gun control does have to be changed due to the number of gun violence events that have taken place in the United States. I would love to hear what you come up with at the end of your project and what research and information that you have found.
    Good luck,
    Zach

  13. Cicely 3 months ago

    Hello Kavi,
    I was intrigued by your project. Gun control is a hot topic in America at the moment, and I commend you for taking on such a topical debate. I have a hard time supporting guns, but I am not completely against them. I believe the process to obtain a gun should be more intensive, looking into both criminal and mental health history of the person buying the gun. One of my biggest issues with guns is the suicide rate has gone up because guns are more accessible. I know many people feel safer if they have a gun with them, but I feel more at risk having so many people carrying guns around me. Here is a link to multiple articles that may help your research: https://www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/guns-and-gun-control?mcubz=0#
    Good Luck with your project!
    Cicely

    • Simon 3 months ago

      Hi Kavi,
      Your post is very interesting to me. I believe that we need firmer laws then we currently have to prevent tragedies like sandy hook and similar violence. The second amendment was written when people had one shot long guns for hunting, not fully automatic weapons used by the military. The law needs adjustment and needs to be changed. The only way for your article to even reach people who disagree with you is to address what the people who want guns are saying and address their concerns of safety. Australias tough gun laws have been effective and you should read this article to mention it in your paper. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/23/australias-gun-laws-stopped-mass-shootings-and-reduced-homicides-study-finds
      I hope to see this develop through out the year,
      Simon

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