Saturday, January 19, 2013

RESEARCH RELATED PROBLEM SOLUTION ESSAY: THE US GUN LAWS



The recent school shooting in Newtown and the horrific death of 27 children sent shock waves through US society and prompted the administration to act. President Obama set out a list of proposals after consulting with vice president Joe Biden who had been working with both sides. A similar shooting in Scotland some years ago prompted the UK government to introduce some of the toughest gun laws in Europe; the same is true for Norway. Both countries have since witnessed a sharp decrease in gun crime. Before studying the proposals, google the following:
·         Piers Morgan on gun laws; access the videos, listen and make notes
·         Barack Obama on gun laws; access the videos, listen and take notes
·         Go to www.bbc.co.uk  and read the following: US gun debate: Guns in numbers
·         Go to http://onlinewsj.com  and http://www.nytimes.com ; read about the new proposals concerning gun laws and reactions to them.
When your research is complete, consider the points below and any others you can think of to write a problem solution essay.
Obama’s key proposals are as follows:
·         Reintroduce an expired ban on “military-style” assault weapons
·         Limit ammunition magazines to ten rounds
·         Background checks on all gun sales
·         Ban on possession and sale of armour -piercing bullets
·         Harsher penalties for gun traffickers, especially unlicensed dealers who buy guns for criminals
·         Approve the appointment of the head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives
·         More focus on mental health issues
·         Changing mind sets

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