In the wake of the recent tragic mass killings, the issue of gun control has now become of utmost importance in the global scenario. It is a hotbed of discussion at present and would make for an excellent selection of topic if you have an assignment on argumentative essay writing.
While writing an argumentative essay the most important points to keep in mind are that choice of a side is required (whether for the topic or against it) and more importantly to provide strong support to whichever side you choose. For the issue of gun control, any view that you opt upon needs substantial evidence. This is where my blog comes in to provide online support for your writing assignment on an argumentative essay.
Keeping all your requirements in mind, I have compiled a list of 12 articles which illustrates both sides of the debate as well as provides a background of the issue in a concise form.
6 ARTICLES FOR GUN CONTROL
This article mainly deals with the greatest source of debate in this entire issue of gun control- The Second Amendment. The amendment states that “A well controlled Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” The wordings of this amendment are extremely confusing and create the source of contention. The author of this article quotes the former Supreme Court Justice, John Paul Stevens who advocates changing this amendment’s language to clarify that it applies to those serving in a militia. The company Bloomsberg Businessweek to whose web page this article belongs had to its credit various industry publication awards and been around since 1929.
Phoebe Maltz Bovy portrays a powerful take on gun control through this article. She mainly depicts the loopholes in this issue stating that the debate should not be about banning the specific type of guns but banning all of them. “Ban guns! Not just gun violence. Not just certain guns. Not just already-technically-illegal guns. All of them.” says she. She believes that the no-gun stance has to be embraced unapologetically if it has to have any impact on the political sphere. Published in the New Republic which describes itself as “a voice of creative thinkers, united by a collective desire of challenging the status quo” this article sure holds its ground while debating a global burning issue of political importance.
Written in the aftermath of the Travyon Martin shooting, this article sends chills down the spine with its description of the grotesque reality in the US regarding the notoriety of the possession of arms with the civilians. It is well-researched and provides an in-depth analysis of the meaning of the existing gun laws as well as addressing the source of contention- The Second Amendment. It also addresses a very practical issue of the obsoleteness of laws crafted two centuries ago against the increased killing efficiency and power of modern firearms. Published in The New Yorker, this article is the one to keep an eye on for your assignments.
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A personalized article, this seeks to address the problematic aspect of this issue: the fact that gun control is so politicized. The author shares some of his experiences about the time he was interviewing Dick Metcalf, the historian, and individual-gun-rights supporter. Metcalf suggested that laws can regulate guns without infringing upon anyone’s rights which cost him his entire career of journalism. It is the exact view put forward in this article regarding the politicizing of the gun control issue. James Hamblin adds a unique touch to his article. He is the senior editor and a frequent contributor to The Atlantic, which published this article.
The introductory sentence is, “California already has some of the toughest gun regulations in the whole country, but unfortunately, they include a few loopholes big enough to shoot a bullet through.” It beautifully summarizes the entire purpose of the article to poignantly discuss the holes that exist despite the presence of toughest and strictest gun laws. The Los Angeles Times lives up to its title of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, and this one article can soar up your grades in assignments.
Hard-hitting, brutally honest and sarcastic to its very core, this article by Amanda Marcotte essentially sums up a host of pro-gun arguments which she then sums up as entirely ineffective. The rational explanation behind her beliefs holds up her stance on this global issue of gun control. Rolling Stone, a well-established magazine which covers diversified fields of news, published this article.
6 ARTICLES AGAINST GUN CONTROL
The founders of the gun violence prevention site Armed With Reason, Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes had published this article in The Los Angeles Times. They are of the opinion that gun control laws cannot deter criminals nor prevent the mass shootings of civilians. “There are clear shreds of evidence that laws do influence criminal behavior.” is one among the many valuable opinions supported with tactical evidence which tilts the scales of this debate to the advantage of their argument.
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Because of the Virginia Tech shootings, James Q. Wilson published this article about his opinions on gun control. Being an author of several books about crime himself, Wilson interestingly points out the futility of the gun control measure as it is nearly impossible to get rid of thousands and millions of guns that already exist at present. Banning according to him is not the solution to this global problem gripping the world. The Los Angeles Times once again houses another article about this global issue.
This article pointed out the classic struggle between the dominated and subjugated brought out powerfully through this line “The anti-gun crowd doesn’t want compromise. They want confiscation and control.” David T Hardy, the author argues that the anti-gun lobby would eventually lead to total prohibition. He views it as a measure to wipe out individual gun ownership.
This piece depicts the journey of Taya Kyle author of “American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith, and Renewal.” The movie “American Sniper” depicts the struggle of her late husband, Chris Kyle. The issue of gun control, the irrationality of it is portrayed through the journey of a person who has undergone a first-hand experience of ordeals related to this subject. She believes that gun control is not the answer. It is a must-read for all those opposing the debate for their assignment on this topic. http://bit.ly/2rwORMb
A professor of constitutional laws and the author of “Can Gun Control Work?” James Jacob gave an interview, and his views on this topic are put forward in this piece. He presents a rather balanced view of things and very rationally thinks “there is just no overall panacea to the problem of gun violence- but I believe we should be talking regarding crime control rather than trying to keep irresponsible and dangerous people from getting a weapon in the first place.”
For any student supporting the anti-gun control view, this article would provide the best information to support his views. Extremist in holding its stance against the issue it brings to the forefront many points needed to justify the opposing view.
2 RESOURCE ARTICLES ABOUT THE GUN CONTROL ISSUE
CNN aired a series of programs for the year 2015-2016, entitled “Guns in America.” which is present in this resource. It contains both articles and videos containing diversified gun related topics such as gun violence statistics, an interview with President Obama, a discussion of the gun industry, etc. to name a few.
The New York Times had published this article which provides a detailed analysis of this subject. It highlighted the arguments both in favor and opposed to this issue. It even highlights the reasons behind the difficulty of solving the debate over gun control. The author has attempted to answer this poignant discussion in a justified way, and it provides a clear picture of this global issue.
This blog contains some diversified links to articles which deal with this world issue from different viewpoints. They will each stand to give their approach towards this subject. However, the highlight of your assignment should always be to exclude the biased opinions and to concentrate on the filtered arguments which can then help in the creation of an excellent quality argumentative essay and fetch good grades for your written assignment.