Annotated bibliographies for restrictive licensing of guns
Almanac of Policy Issues, Gun Control, 2002 viewed on March 28, 2010 from
Almanac of Policy Issues focuses on the adverse effects of increasing the amount of handguns owned by civilians so as to stress on the need for implementation of restrictive licensing laws. This article agrees that federal laws have the ability of effectively reducing the availability of guns especially to those who are at risk.
By looking at the stand as well as the views of both proponents and opponents of restrictive handgun licensing laws, Almanac of Policy Issues aims at reaching a well informed conclusion of whether handguns should be made easily available or restricted. Almanac of Policy Issues also looks at various statutes developed in the past so as to evaluate both restrictive licensing and availability of handguns and determine which one of the two is a more effective way through which crime can be controlled.
This evaluation is very important in our discussion as it looks at and outlines the pros and the cons of both ways and also outlines the relevant statistics that support various facts. Almanac of Policy Issues uses data from various studies in the course of evaluation.
Kates, Don. Gun control restricts those least likely to commit violent crimes, 2009. Viewed on March 28, 2010 from http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/Gun-control-restricts-those-least-likely-to-commit-violent-crimes–42507652.html
Kates refutes the fact that restrictive licensing can bring about reduction in the rate of violent crime. She claims that gun control restricts people who are less likely to commit violent crime. According to Kates, these laws violate the right of a person. Kates states that the United States already has three groups of people whom it restricts from owning a firearm and therefore gun control would only restrict those who have not done anything to merit such restrictions. Kates, unlike Almanac of Policy Issues and Brent argues that people should be allowed to own handguns as opposed to restricting them.
LaRosa, B. Can Gun Control Reduce Crime? Part 1, 2002 viewed on March 28, 2010
LaRosa argues that restrictive licensing laws are an ineffective way of controlling crime. LaRosa argues that these laws leave people more vulnerable to criminals as compared to hen they are armed. LaRosa claims that guns control laws in the past did very little to bring violent crimes to a stop, insure safety in the streets and save lives. According to LaRosa gun-control laws will have very little effect if any on people who use violence.
Moorhouse, John. and Wanner, Brent. Does Gun Control Reduce Crime or Does Crime
Increase Gun Control? The Cato Journal, 2006, Vol 26
Moorhouse and Brent’s article is very helpful in our discussion as it look at this issue of whether people should be allowed to own guns or restricted, in a very critical way. This article provides supporting arguments for various facts in order to make the audience come to one stand. By providing views from both opponents and advocates of restrictive licensing laws, just like Almanac of Policy Issues, Moorhouse and Brent lay down a firm foundation which supports their arguments. Moorhouse and Brent through their work aim at bringing the audience to a conclusion that crime can only be reduced through restrictive licensing of firearms. They offer supporting statistics obtained from previous research to either support or nullify a certain argument. Moorhouse and Brent bring to our attention the fact that there are numerous lobby groups in the United Sates today that are fighting for the disarming of civilians as a way of reducing crime to highlight the intensity of the need to restrict ownership of guns.
Mundt, Robert. Gun Control and Rates of Firearms Violence in Canada and the United
States, Canadian Journal of Criminology, 1990, Vol. 32
In his article Mundt intends to look at the extent to which gun control laws can reduce the level of crime in the society. Mundt looks at the views of both opponents and advocates of restrictive licensing. Mundt argues that with sensible precaution and attention, handguns do not pose a major threat to the public in the hands of the common man. Mundt however, stresses that that implementation of legislative policy leads to reduction in violence as well as homicide and a decrease in the rate of firearms related crime.
Wilson, Harry. Guns, gun control, and elections: the politics and policy of firearms
ISBN 0742553485: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007
Wilson’s work focuses on the political features of gun regulation. On the course of his writing Wilson stresses on the fact that implementation of restrictive laws leads to a drastic reduction in the level of crime in the society. Wilson argues that despite the fact that there are thousands of gun laws at the federal, local and state level availability of guns is still too high.
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