Gun Control Argumentative Essay by Champ

Gun Control
This paper reviews the history and theories behind the restriction of gun sales to minorities and poor people.
# 98985 | 3,220 words | 14 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2007 in English (Argument) , Criminology (Public and Crime) , Hot Topics (Gun Control) , Law (General)

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This paper relates that, over the years, even though the approach might be slightly different and more subtle, especially in the southern states, there has been very little change in the overall outlook of the American bias toward the ownership of guns by the minorities and poor. The author points out that, even though gun control laws have restricted gun ownership to people who can afford a decent life-style, these laws have had no effect on decreasing crime and disallow poor citizens from protecting themselves with the use of a firearm when facing a criminal situation. The paper concludes by arguing that, because poor people most often live in high crime rates areas or areas where there is very little law protection, to gain a sense of personal security, the laws must be changed and markets must sell low-priced legal firearms.

Table of Contents:
Gun Control and the Poor

From the Paper:

"Even though, the blacks had to face the brunt of the gun control and restriction laws; however, they were not the only recipients. Certain white people who did not fit the bill of the Americans also faced numerous laws where they were treated less worthy for the ownership of guns. A good example of this could be the Sullivan law passed in 1911 where the focus shifted to the Italian immigrants, astonishingly, within the first three year of the implementation of the Sullivan law, 70% of the total people arrested had Italian names and surnames. Even the media was very openly not supportive of the guns being issued to the Italian immigrants; the disapproval was posted both in the "New York Tribune" as well as the "New York Times"."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bruce-Briggs, B. The Great American Gun War. The Public Interest 45, 37, 1976.
  • Cook, P. The "Saturday Night Special": An Assessment of Alternative Definitions from a Policy Perspective, 72 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 1735, 1740 1981.
  • Cottrol R.J. & Diamond, R.T. The Second Amendment: Towards an Afro-American Reconsideration, 80 Geo. L.J. 309, 354-55 1991.
  • Funk, T.M. Gun Control and Economic Discrimination: The Melting-Point Case-in-Point. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. 85. 3. 1995. 764-806.
  • Jordan, W.D. White Over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550-1812, at 78 1968.

Cite this Argumentative Essay:

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