This time, an armed person killed multiple people at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California. This has become an American routine: After every mass shooting, the debate over guns and gun violence starts up once again. Maybe some bills get introduced.
Crime and its prevention often figure prominently in campaign speeches for political office. Acts of violence take their toll not only on victims, but on the public's sense of the general welfare of our society.
This makes violence-and its antidotes-a likely topic for current events discussions in social studies classes. But it is not only understanding "the issues" related to violence that makes the social studies pivotal in the violence prevention movement.
Reducing violence is integral to the success of our democratic, participatory social system. One could argue that understanding how to maintain a just and peaceful social order is the primary goal of the social studies curriculum.
The concept of democratic participation in maintaining the social order, with the accompanying need for protection of individual rights and freedoms, is critical to preventing violence in a society like ours.
Totalitarian systems typically employ at least the threat of violence to maintain order, while democratic systems are designed to rely on political legitimacy.
Recognizing citizen participation as a key element in that legitimacy lends practicality to the teaching of civic virtue in order to reduce violence. Many people today point to a general decline in the level of our civil discourse, attributing it variously to talk radio influences, single-issue politics, a loss of community, the erosion of faith, or just plain bad manners.
Whatever its causes, its solution can only be found in the center of the dilemma: Consider the issue of gun control.
This issue is clearly rich in content, drawing as it does upon history, economics, political science, sociology, law, government, and cultural anthropology among other disciplines.
The scope of teaching and learning opportunities offered by the debate is suggested in Table 1. But it is the process side of the issue-the case study of gun control as a microcosm of public policy development-that argues loudest for its applicability to the social studies.
One observer of our political system has described the gun debate as "furious politics, marginal policy. Advocates on one side of a controversy pry open the debate with the most egregious, upsetting, or scary examples of their opponents' position at its extremes.
Those on the other side, fearing to give even an inch, wind up defending the extremes on pure principle. They seem to force clarity on both sides to a debate by pushing their positions apart. But they may also cover up important areas of middle ground.
Public policy based on the wedge approach risks forfeiting practical achievement in favor of principles taken to an extreme. If the goal in a social studies classroom is not only to engage students in lively debate, but to lead them to evaluate policies based on their effectiveness, some modification of the current "real world" debate is needed.
The following overview of the policy debate on gun violence, and the accompanying classroom strategy, suggest an alternative model for public policy formulation.
The Problem The issue of gun control is as much about "controquot; as it is about "guns. Nor is it simply about liking or not liking control. It is-or should be-about judging the effectiveness of control, and particularly of government control as exercised through regulation.
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Ideological cleavages in American politics generally involve a choice between more and less intrusive roles for government-a distinction between means rather than ends.
Both sides, of course, would argue that because their means are obviously effective and their opponents' are not, dismissing them is merely a tactic that allows the opposition to conceal its true goals. But, if we take both sides at face value in the debate over gun control, the question is not whether either side is advocating gun violence, but whether one side has better strategies than the other for reducing its current levels.
Recent federal policy in this area is marked by the Gun Control Act ofwhich was passed largely in response to public outrage over the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy, and the Rev.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Highly publicized incidents of gun violence, including the wounding of President Reagan and Jim Brady as well as multiple shootings with assault weapons, led to the Brady Act and the Assault Weapons Ban of the following year. Though at least symbolically contested, both are relatively modest measures, in many cases less stringent than the patchwork of state laws that crisscross the nation.
Opponents of more gun control argue that there are already some 20, gun laws in the United States, and that, as more laws pass, more gun violence occurs.
Proponents argue that these are largely state and local laws with limited impact, and that without them incident rates would be even higher.But before drawing any conclusions on how it affects the U.S. economy, consider some of the general pros and cons of globalization. Skip to main content.
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Leaders of news media who favor gun control would not make these kinds of accusations themselves, so they instead use these children as a platform to appeal to the public’s emotional disposition. Thus, there could be differences in how partisans perceive the issue of gun control, and polls show that Democrats and Republicans approach the issue from vastly difference perspectives.
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