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Exploring Gun Use in America (Middle School Reference)by Greenwood Press
Synopses & Reviews
Gun control is one of the most hotly debated topics in America today. As the newsmedia reports stories of office rage, school shootings, sniper attacks, and other types of gun violence, many citizens are demanding stricter laws for firearms, if not an outright ban. Yet many other citizens are demanding protection for their Second Amendment rights, or the right to own a firearm for sports such as hunting, or for protection. This four-volume set discusses in detail the many different viewpoints Americans have about guns. Following an in-depth examination of the history of gun use and the Second Amendment, the set describes the most important Supreme Court cases and major gun control legislation. It devotes an entire volume to the firearms industry, its history and the current pressures to provide safe guns with safety locks and other smart features. Another volume focuses on children and their relationship with guns, both as victims and as users of guns. The final volume looks at public opinion, examining the gun culture in America, the NRA, the Brady Bill, and other efforts to regulate gun use.
Volume 1: The Second Amendment
Volume 2: The Firearms Industry
Volume 3: Children and Gun
Volume 4: Public Opinion
Reading Level: Grades 6-8
Book News Annotation:
This reference for students at the 6th-8th grade reading levels tackles a volatile issue in American life. The four volumes address, respectively, the Second Amendment, the firearms industry, children and guns, and public opinion. Each volume has its own introduction, glossary, and references; all include the comprehensive index. The layout is friendly, and b&w photos and "fast fact" boxes complement the text. Authorship is attributed to Creative Media Applications, Inc.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This four-volume set for middle school students examines Americans' use of firearms from Colonial times to the present, focusing on the Second Amendment and today's Gun Control movement.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Right to Bear Arms Before the Constitution
Chapter 2 The Creation of the Second Amendment
Chapter 3 Guns and the Militia in American Culture
Chapter 4 Gun Control Legislation and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Chapter 5 The Modern Debate over the Second Amendment
Chapter 6 The Judicial View of the Second Amendment
Chapter 1 Firearms in the United States
Chapter 2 Guns and the Rise of Mass Production
Chapter 3 Rifle-Muskets and Breechloaders
Chapter 4 The Firearms Industry in the Twentieth Century
Chapter 5 Safer Guns?
Chapter 6 Manufacturers Product Liability
Chapter 1 Kids and Guns
Chapter 2 Youth Homicide, Suicide, and Firearms Accidents
Chapter 3 Guns and Schools
Chapter 4 Protecting Children?
Chapter 5 The Influence of the Mass Media
Chapter 1 Guns and Polls
Chapter 2 Politics and Lobbying
Chapter 3 Guns and the Federal System
Chapter 4 Crime and Self-Defense
Chapter 5 Carrying Concealed Weapons
Chapter 6 The Unending Debate
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