Should Handguns Be Illegal?

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With the barrage of recent shootings on campuses across the nation, the topic of gun control is sure to engage class members. After reading a background article and an information sheet that summarizes the opinions of handgun owners, gun manufacturers, the general public, and the police, individuals are asked to take a position on the question of whether or not handguns should be illegal. Links to sources of additional information are included.

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Classroom Considerations
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • The concluding exercise asks partners to use the information provided to craft cause and effect, as well as effect and cause statements about gun control
  • An annotated academic text article on the shootings at Virginia Tech and links to additional information are included
Cons
  • To carry on an academic discussion of a topic of this magnitude, participants need to be provided with more factual information on both sides of the controversy
  • Although links are provided to sources of additional information, few facts are included in the summaries
  • Consider a concluding exercise in which the whole class reconvienes to discuss the process