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Do gun bans violate Americans' Second Amendment rights?

On Sept. 13, 2004, Congress allowed a 10-year ban on assault weapons to expire, once again legalizing rapid-fire, semiautomatic weapons like the AK-47, the TEC-9 and the Uzi. Two weeks later, despite 10 years of declining murder rates, the House of Representatives voted to abolish the District of Columbia's strict gun laws. Gun control supporters and major police organizations said the laws had protected civilians and police officers. But the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) argued that the laws were ineffective and trampled constitutional rights. Meanwhile, victims of gun violence have won $4.4 million in damages from gun dealers and a manufacturer. As the industry lobbies Congress and the states to immunize it against such suits, gun control advocates vow to renew the assault-weapons ban and strengthen the 1993 Brady law. However, given the results of the Nov. 2 presidential and congressional elections, it is considered highly unlikely that the new Congress will pass additional gun control measures. Article by Bob Adams, CQ Researcher, Vol. 14, no. 40, Nov. 12, 2004. Note: Access restricted to MSU faculty and students and other subscribers of CQ Researcher.


Web Sites | Articles and Publications | Source Links with Annotations


Web Sites


  • About.Com's Gun Control News
  • American Bar Association Standing Committee on Gun Violence
  • Assault Weapons: The Arguments (BBC)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon (Michigan State Police)
  • Frontline: Hot Guns
  • Gun Control (Issue in Depth) from the New York Times
  • Gun Control Laws: What Gives Congress the Right?
  • Guncite
  • John Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
  • Michigan Concealed Weapons and Firearms Laws
  • NRA-ILA's Research and Information Division
  • Violence Policy Center Online Resource Center


    Articles and Publications


  • Bloody Reel : How the National Rifle Association and the Gun Industry Exploit Violent Movies To Sell Guns...And More Guns
  • Bowling for Columbine (Wikipedia)
  • Closing Illegal Gun Markets : Extending Criminal Background Checks To All Gun Sales
  • Combating Gun Violence: An In-Depth Look at Richmondís Project Exile
  • Commentary on Gun Laws in the Wake of the Virginia Tech Shootings
  • Fighting Back: Crime, Self-Defense, and the Right to Carry a Handgun
  • Firearm Use Among Michigan's Youthful Offender Population
  • Gun Control and Economic Distribution
  • Gun Violence Among Serious Young Offenders
  • Medical Costs of Gunshot Injuries in the United States
  • Michigan Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence Policy Report
  • The Story of a Gun
  • Who Dies: A Look At Firearms Death and Injury in the United States


    Source Links with Annotations

    About.Com's Gun Control News
    http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/blgunnews.htm?terms=gun+control
    Latest headlines and commentary relating to gun control, gun owners rights and the second amendment. Source: About U.S. Gov Info/Resources.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    American Bar Association
    Standing Committee on Gun Violence
    http://www.abanet.org/gunviol/
    Site provides information on the American Bar Association's policy on gun violence, news about bar association and lawyers' activities on gun violence, and upcoming events and conferences. The site also provides facts about gun violence including comparisons of the U.S. with other nations, guns in schools, and kids and guns.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Assault Weapons: The Arguments
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3652226.stm
    "A ban in the United States on assault weapons expires on Monday because Congress has not voted to extend it. The right to carry weapons is a powerful political issue in the US with heated debate on both sides in the run-up to November's presidential election." This site prepared by the BBC contains a brief description of the 1994 Act, a couple of examples of guns that were banned in the 1994 legislation and interviews with both a opponent and a proponent to the recent decision of the U.S. Congress to not implement an extension to that Act.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Bloody Reel : How the National Rifle Association and the Gun Industry Exploit Violent Movies To Sell Guns...And More Guns
    http://tomdiaz.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/blood-reel-poster-pdf.pdf
    A report by Tom Diaz, January 2013.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Bowling for Columbine (Wikipedia)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowling_for_Columbine
    The film's thesis is to explore what Moore suggests are the reasons and causes for the Columbine High School massacre. Moore focuses on the background and environment in which the massacre took place, and some common public opinions and assumptions about different particular points. The film takes an informal, artistic and up-close-and-personal look into the nature of violence in the United States, focusing on guns as the controversial symbol of both American "Freedom" and its paradoxical self-destruction.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
    http://www.bradycampaign.org/
    "As the largest national, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign and the Brady Center are dedicated to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in their communities. The Brady Campaign works to enact and enforce sensible gun laws, regulations and public policies through grassroots activism, electing pro-gun control public officials and increasing public awareness of gun violence. The Brady Center works to reform the gun industry and educate the public about gun violence through litigation and grassroots mobilization, and works to enact and enforce sensible regulations to reduce gun violence including regulations governing the gun industry." Presents breaking news and background information and data on handgun violence.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Carrying a Concealed Weapon
    http://www.michigan.gov/msp/1,1607,7-123-1591_3503_4654---,00.html
    A compilation of resources by the Michigan State Police.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Closing Illegal Gun Markets : Extending Criminal Background Checks To All Gun Sales
    http://web.archive.org/web/20041217071016/http://www.csgv.org/docUploads/ubc_report.pdf
    A report by the Education Fund to Stop Gun Violence, May 2002.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Combating Gun Violence: An In-Depth Look at Richmondís Project Exile
    http://www.ndaa.org/pdf/combating_gun_violence_web.pdf
    Alexandria, VA: American Prosecutors Research Institute, 2001. 16pp.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Commentary on Gun Laws in the Wake of the Virginia Tech Shootings
    http://www.llrx.com/extras/gunlaws.htm
    Beth Wellington examines gun control initiatives as well as positions and programs related to gun politics in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech tragedy. Article appearing in LLRX, May 29, 2007.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Fighting Back: Crime, Self-Defense, and the Right to Carry a Handgun
    http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-284es.html
    Cato Institute Policy Analysis No. 284, October 22, 1997.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Firearm Use Among Michigan's Youthful Offender Population
    http://web.archive.org/web/20030708200546/
    http://www.jrsainfo.org/programs/michigan.htm

    Timothy S. Bynum, MSU Michigan Justice Statistics Center, March 2001. Still available thanks to the Internet Archives.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Frontline: Hot Guns
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/guns/
    Emmy Award winning program which aired on June 3, 1997, this is a "report on cheap handguns, their manufacturers, and the illicit handgun market."
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Gun Control and Economic Discrimination: The Melting-Point Case-in-Point
    http://web.archive.org/web/20011101114812/
    http://www.2ndlawlib.org/journals/economic.html

    An article by T. Markus Funk originally appearing in 85 J. of Crim. L. & Criminology 764-806 (1995).
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Gun Control (Issue in Depth) from The New York Times
    http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/index-guns.html
    "America Under the Gun," a special section of _The New York Times_, offers recent coverage of gun control issues with segments on lawsuits, politics, and schools, as well as a database that summarizes firearm ownership laws in every state.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Gun Control Laws: What Gives Congress the Right?
    http://usgovinfo.about.com/library/weekly/aa031900a.htm
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Gun Violence Among Serious Young Offenders
    http://www.popcenter.org/Problems/PDFs/GunViolenceFinal.pdf
    This 74 pp. document addresses youth gun violence, describing the problem and reviewing risk factors. It then identifies a series of questions that can help analyze local problems. Finally, it reviews responses to the problem and lessons learned from evaluative research and police practice. (COPS)
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Guncite: Gun Control and Second Amendment Issues
    http://www.guncite.com/
    Guncite is an online resource dedicated to disseminating information on gun control, related statistics and perspectives, second amendment analysis, breaking news, an extensive online "reading room", and many links to other gun control related sites.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Is the True Meaning of the Second Amendment Really Such a Riddle? Tracing the Historical Origins of an Anglo-American Right
    http://web.archive.org/web/20011101080736/
    http://www.2ndlawlib.org/journals/howard.html

    An article by T. Markus Funk originally appearing in 39 Howard L.J. 411-436 (1995).
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    John Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
    http://www.jhsph.edu/gunpolicy/
    The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, established in 1995 with funding from The Joyce Foundation of Chicago, is dedicated to preventing gun-related deaths and injuries. Located in The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the Center applies a science-based, public health approach to gun violence. The Center serves as an important national resource for policy makers, academic scholars, advocacy organizations, attorneys, the media, and the general public by providing accurate information on firearm injuries, gun policy, and related research.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    The Medical Costs of Gunshot Injuries in the United States
    http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/282/5/447
    The costs of treating gunshot injuries imposes a financial burden on society. Estimates of such costs are relevant to evaluation of gun violence reduction programs and may help guide reimbrusement policies. An online article by Philip J. Cook, Bruce A. Lawrence, Jens Ludwig, and Ted R. Miller appearing in JAMA, Vol. 282, No. 5, August 4, 1999.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Michigan Concealed Weapons and Firearms Laws
    http://web.archive.org/web/20011122163334/
    http://www.voyager.net/msp/reports/ccw/ccwtoc.htm

    This information was compiled from selected Michigan Statutes, Attorney General Opinions, and the Code of Federal Regulations. Its purpose is to provide a condensed summary of proper procedures covering the purchasing and safety inspection (registration) of firearms, the function of concealed weapon licensing boards, and the requirements for an individual seeking a license to carry a concealed weapon. March 1, 1998. Provided by the Michigan State Police.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Michigan Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (MPPGV)
    Gun Violence Policy Recommendations Report 1997
    http://web.archive.org/web/20070813213518/http://www.mppgv.org/
    The Michigan Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (MPPGV) was created in October of 1995 to bring together the professional communities of law, medicine, and public health in a concerted inter-professional effort to address the growing national and state concern about the prevalence and scope of gun violence. Chapter titles from this report include: Introdution; Safe Streets; Safe Schools; Safe Homes; Safe Workplaces; General Recommendations; and References.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    National Rifle Association
    Institute for Legislative Action
    http://www.nraila.org/
    The Website for the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action monitors and posts updates to state and federal legislative developments, and provides information about Second Amendment rights and other pro-gun issues.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    The Story of a Gun
    http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/prem/199301/larson
    After 60,000 deaths from firearms use over the past two years, America is in a gun crisis. Yet gun laws remain weak, gunmakers continue to promote killing power, and gun dealers accept no responsibility for the criminal use of what they sell. An article by Erik Larson appearing in the January 1993 Atlantic Monthly.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Violence Policy Center Online Resource Center
    http://www.vpc.org/index.htm
    A national 501©(3) educational foundation that is at the forefront of organizations working to reduce firearms violence in America. The Center works to increase public understanding of firearms violence as an expanding public health crisis of which crime is merely the most recognized aspect. Contrary to popular perception, most gun death and injury in America results not from criminal attack, but from suicides, non-felony related homicides, and unintentional injuries. The reality is that America's gun toll is the direct result of the widespread marketing and distribution of an inherently dangerous consumer product of which specific categories--such as handguns and assault weapons--are particularly hazardous. Unlike the manufacturers of all other consumer products--from toasters to teddy bears--the firearms industry is exempt from federal health and safety regulation. Through its research, public education, and policy development the Violence Policy Center works to illustrate the need to hold the firearms industry and its products to the same health and safety standards we hold all other consumer products. At the same time, the Center works to engage individuals and organizations in the broad-based coalition necessary to reduce gun death and injury in America.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

    Who Dies: A Look At Firearms Death and Injury in the United States
    http://www.vpc.org/studies/whointro.htm
    The reality of firearms violence is that it stems not from "guns in the wrong hands," but from the virtually unregulated distribution of an inherently dangerous consumer product of which specific categories-such as handguns and assault weapons-have very limited utility and inflict high costs on society in the form of premature death and debilitating injury. A report published twice yearly by the Violence Policy Center.
    (Last checked 02/22/13)

     

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