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Hot Topic: Gun Rights & Gun Control

This guide explores and provides a starting point for your research on Gun Rights and Gun Control

Gun Rights vs. Gun Control

Second Amendment: more information from Cornell Law School.

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution) was adopted, having been ratified by three-fourths of the states."


Research Questions

Should concealed weapons be allowed on campus?

Do concealed weapons deter crime?

What are the self defense legalities?

Should there be stricter background checks?

How do gun rights and gun control impact mass shootings?

How can laws balance gun rights and public safety?

Do guns control laws prevent mass shootings?

Who should own guns?

Should some guns, rifles or weapons be banned?

Famous Quotes

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787

“To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.”
– George Mason, referencing advice given to the British Parliament by Pennsylvania governor Sir William Keith, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adooption of the Federal Constitution, June 14, 1788

“Saying gun control hurts our freedom is a false argument amounting to propaganda. Gun laws don't curtail freedom any more than speed limits or seat belts. You still get to drive your car and have guns, we're just trying to save lives as you do.” 
― DaShanne Stokes

“Anyone can shoot a gun but the real power comes from non-violent means.” 
― J.C. Phillips,