The feature article that I chose is an unbiased source, with just the facts of gun control, and gun violence. I chose this as a good source because it is one of the very few unbiased sources of gun control, and I think it provides the best information. The main things that this article goes through are stats of gun ownership, background checks, gun violence, and self-defense. I find that these four subjects when it comes to gun control are helpful to learn about it. It goes in very deep into how many deaths are caused yearly due to guns, along with how many of those are a result from self defense. It talks about the background process of getting a gun. Lower down, it talks about the history and current politics of gun control. This includes how the different parties vote for or against gun control/rights. Lastly, it talks about the Constitution/amendments, and how gun rights are in the Bill of Rights, along with past attempts to repeal this. In my opinion, I find this source very informing and I like how it is not biased towards either side. This is good for getting the most accurate information, without it being manipulated somehow. It helps to understand the true statistics of gun violence and gun ownership. I like this article for a couple reasons. First of all, I like how when she was forming her opinion, she looked at the real effects of gun bans in places like Britain and Australia. Most people think that the bans in those countries work well, however they don't work as well as people think, “concluded that they didn’t prove much about what America’s policy should be. Neither nation experienced drops in mass shootings or other gun related-crime that could be attributed to their buybacks and bans.” Also, i’m glad she realized that not all ‘33,000’ deaths from guns were due to homicides; almost two-thirds were suicides. To conclude, I think that it is a well thought out and well researched opinion piece. Gun Control – Just Facts, www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp.
This interview is with John Lott, over the issues of gun laws and gun crime. Firstly, they talk about how gun bans/laws would be bad for the average citizen. This is for two reasons: first, criminals are less likely to commit crime in certain places, because they know that there is more risk, with some citizens potentially having a firearm to defend themselves and other people around them. Second, just like before, the law abiding citizens will have a chance to save themselves and others with a firearm able to fight back. This relates to the political cartoon earlier, as criminals will always have access to firearms, it just depends if citizens have the ability to fight back. I like this interview because it goes into detail of the true stats and situations that gun laws could affect. The interviewer goes through many situations that are interesting and can help someone understand gun laws better. These include gun laws in other countries, crimes stopped with weapons, and and counter-arguments to anti-gun laws/views. "Interview with John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime." The University of Chicago Press | Home . University of Chicago, Web.
This political cartoon that I picked for photojournalism has a very good point to it. Basically, it is showing what would happen if more gun laws/ban were put into place. On the left, under ‘before’, it shows a law-abiding citizen with a gun, and a criminal with a gun. Then on the right, under ‘after’, it shows the law-abiding citizen without a gun (to protect himself) and the criminal still with a gun. I feel that this is a very important point in the gun argument. If gun laws/bans are enacted, all the people who are good citizens, who follow the law, and use their guns for self defense, will have them taken away, leaving them and their families defenseless. What people don’t realizes is that no matter the amount of gun laws you have, criminals will always have access to these weapons, so un-arming the good citizens gives all the power to the criminals and allows them to do what they want, as they don’t have to worry about citizens being able to defend themselves. Overall, I think that this political cartoon has a very good argument against gun laws. Wordpress, caitlynagreen.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/readingresponsepicture2.jpg?w=560.
This last source that I used was a TED talk a few years back. It mainly talks about the recent gun violence stats, what we can do about it, and why it is bad for our society. It talks about how we can’t keep letting things like this happen, like large amounts of gun violence and mass shootings. I like this TED talk, mainly because it goes into a lot of detail about gun laws and violence. It is well researched and thought through, and I think that it makes it a good source for people to look at when considering the argument of gun control and laws. "Dan Gross: Why gun violence can't be our new normal | TED Talk." TED: Ideas worth spreading. Dan Gross, Web.
This article is an opinion piece about how someone used to believe that we need stricter gun laws and that would be the answer. After doing more research, she realized that inducing more gun laws would not really change the rates of homicide in America. She goes through things like deaths due to suicides, and attachments like silencers. I like this article for a couple reasons. First of all, I like how when she was forming her opinion, she looked at the real effects of gun bans in places like Britain and Australia. Most people think that the bans in those countries work well, however they don't work as well as people think, “concluded that they didn’t prove much about what America’s policy should be. Neither nation experienced drops in mass shootings or other gun related-crime that could be attributed to their buybacks and bans.” Also, i’m glad she realized that not all ‘33,000’ deaths from guns were due to homicides; almost two-thirds were suicides. To conclude, I think that it is a well thought out and well researched opinion piece. Libresco, Leah. “Opinion | I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 3 Oct. 2017, www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/i-used-to-think-gun-control-was-the-answer-my-research-told-me-otherwise/2017/10/03/d33edca6-a851-11e7-92d1-58c702d2d975_story.html?utm_term=.0aae1b3b7e49.
This video by Ben Shapiro is reflecting what happened recently in Florida. The main points that he makes include: how the shooter made clear signs of doing such a thing before this happened, but no one did much to prevent it. How it is very easy to illegally obtain a gun in America, no matter the amount of gun laws in place. Also, how a target like a school is easier, mainly due to the low security presence, being a ‘gun free zone’. I find this video to be very informing for a couple reasons. First, I like how he points out the metal health of the shooter. There were many signs of the shooting before it happened, including his mental health, posts on his social media, and more, that should have raised a red flag to some people to look into it. However, nothing was done about it. Also, the point where he mentions how much easier of targets are the ‘gun free zones’. That just makes it that much easier for the person. I think that he makes a good point in saying we should look more into the mental health of these people, while also increasing security at schools to prevent things like this. YouTube, YouTube, 15 Feb. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTLhm_mdETI.