University of South Florida Gun Control Work in Progress Report

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Work-In-Progress Report

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The progress report provides an opportunity for both instructors and students to understand where they are in the process of P2 and for feedback on that process to occur or for questions to be raised where needed.

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Please submit a Work-In-Progress Report on Canvas by Thursday, Oct. 21. The submission should be equivalent to a half-page to one-page (single spaced) report using the following:

What is the working thesis you developed for your research essay?

What are the key points of your essay and do you have three or four different sources to support each point?

How many strong sources do you have so far? How many more do you need to meet the minimum requirement and what kinds of sources would be most helpful?

What is your plan to find those sources – where are you planning to search for them?

List the sources you have found so far that you find helpful

  • What are the strengths of your essay so far?
  • What do you still need to work on most?
  • What is one revision you plan to make in the next draft of your essay to improve it?
  • What feedback to expect from peer review?
  • What are the next steps you plan to take to move your essay forward, and what questions do you have about any part of it?


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Mohammed Almamari Jenna Campbell ENC 1102 Composition II September 25th, 2021 Gun Control There has been an increase in mass shootings in the United States over the past few years. Some people are advocating for the use of stricter laws, while others feel that people are the ones that are supposed to change and not guns. The second Amend in the American constitution gives people the right to own guns, and hence it should not have any infringement (Zachary, pp. 1-12). The concept of gun control has gained debates in the recent past with move people associating guns with the high crime rate levels. Research shows that America is one of the top countries with the highest rates of gun homicides (Kates and Gary, pp. 1-4). The number of shooting in the United States averages one daily. Besides, approximately half of America's population own guns, increasing the likelihood of shooting. This trend has caused most people to campaign to strengthen gun control law as a strategy of minimizing the crime rate. The purpose of this paper is to explain why stricter gun control laws are an effective method of combatting the increasing crime rate. Guns are considered one of the top causes of death in America (Khalil, pp. 342-361). The Second Amendment guarantees people the right to own guns. On the other hand, Brady law ensures that those who purchase guns are not of questionable morals. Over the past years, the irresponsible use of firearms has caused a lot of deaths. This is the reason most people own guns as a means of protection. As such, guns have formed a crucial part of Americans` lives. However, even though people own guns to protect themselves, some use them for illegal purposes. That is, even though firearms result in numerous deaths when they are misused (Khalil, pp. 342-361). Since guns do not kill people but rather the irresponsible use of guns, the legislators should ensure that those who own guns meet the established standards. Effective gun control laws are not only useful in tracking the purpose of guns but also their use (Buchanan, pp. 1-5). That implies that the federal government should help improve the purchase and use of guns by enhancing the set standards and promoting the consistency of state gun laws. Besides, the federal government has a crucial role in strengthening the implementation process and enforcing the existing gun laws appropriately (Buchanan, pp. 1-5). One of the strategies that can be of much benefit is developing the licensing and registration system that could be useful in evaluating how guns are purchased and used. That is because such a strategy would ensure that any firm used in committing the crime can be recovered within the shortest possible time (Khalil, pp. 342-361). Therefore, instead of denying people their right to own guns, it is appropriate to ensure that the licensing and registration law is adhered to and ensure that all firearms are registered so that they can be easily traced to their owners. The irresponsible use of guns leads to more threats than protection. Even though the primary purpose of guns in America is for protection results, they turn out to be the real threat. For example, some of the legally owned guns have often caused injury and deaths to household members (Buchanan, pp. 1-5). Such incidences take place because of accidental shootings or even criminal behaviors. It is apparent that with most people possessing guns, any disputes are often linked to gun-related violence. Such behavior takes place because of the numerous loopholes that are present in the current gun control law (Buchanan, pp. 1-5). For example, even though the Brady Act insists that licensed firearms dealers carry out a background check on all those who buy guns, the requirement does not apply to private sellers. Through stricter gun control laws, it is possible to rectify such loopholes. In addition, the federal weapon ban is useful in reducing the crime rate. The recent mass shootings have caused most individuals to start demanding meaning gun control. Those who advocate for such laws claim that the federal weapon ban that was imposed from 1994 to 2004 helped in reducing the crimes linked with the use of guns (Kwon, pp. 41-50). However, since the ban ended approximately 15 years ago, gun massacres have been on a rapid increase. Such killings are connected to the increase in ownership of military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines (Kwon, pp. 41-50). Therefore, to decrease such crimes, the government must make sure that such weapons are not in the hands of irresponsible individuals. Those who oppose stricter gun control laws claim that enacting such laws will increase the crime rate rather than reduce it. Such individuals argue that the population of the United States is so large that the police cannot be capable of responding to every emergency case (Lott, pp. 1-235). They thus believe that allowing citizens to freely own guns will help to protect themselves. However, previous studies have shown that effective gun control laws are likely to reduce the crime rate in the US (Khalil, pp. 342-361). That is because most individuals do not have sufficient knowledge of the appropriate use of guns. That is why the country is experiencing so many reckless shootings. Therefore, the government can prevent such cases by taking the guns back from unqualified or irresponsible individuals. In conclusion, effective gun control laws would significantly help in reducing gun-related violence in the US. That would be achieved by ensuring that the federal and national authorities implement stricter gun control laws and formulate additional, comprehensive legislation to make the nation safe (Khalil, pp. 342-361). Research has shown that the recent mass shootings have aroused the need to strictly monitoring how weapons are used since, in most situations, perpetrators use legally acquired firearms to commit crimes. However, further research needs to be carried out on the effectiveness of gun laws in different groups of people. Works Cited Buchanan, Wyatt. "State Lawmakers Propose Tough Gun Laws." SFGATE, 2013: 15. https://www.sf HYPERLINK "https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Statelawmakers-propose-tough-gun-laws-"g HYPERLINK "https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/State-lawmakers-propose-tough-gunlaws-"ate.com/news/article/State-lawmakers-propose-tough-gun-laws4261890.php. Kates, Don B., and Gary A. Mauser. "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder And Suicide? A Review Of International Evidence". SSRN Electronic Journal, 2006:1-4 Elsevier BV, doi:10.2139/ssrn.998893. Khalil, Umair. "Do More Guns Lead To More Crime? Understanding The Role Of Illegal Firearms". Journal Of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol 133, 2017, pp. 342- 361. Elsevier BV, doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2016.11.010. Kwon, Ik‐ Whan G., et al. "The effectiveness of gun control laws: multivariate statistical analysis." American Journal of Economics and Sociology 56.1 (1997): 41-50. Retrieved from: https://onlinelibrary. HYPERLINK "https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1536%207150.1997.tb03449"wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1536- 7150.1997.tb03449.x Lott, John R. More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-control Laws. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1998:1-235. Print. Retrieved from: https://www.hoplofobia.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/MGLC-3r HYPERLINK "https://www.hoplofobia.info/wpcontent/uploads/2015/08/MGLC-3rd-Edition.pdf"d HYPERLINK "https://www.hoplofobia.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/MGLC-3rdEdition.pdf"-Edition.pdf Zachary, Elkins. "Opinion | The Second Amendment, Revisited (Published 2013)". Nytimes.Com, 2013:1-12. https://www.nytime HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendmentrevisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1"s HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendmentrevisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1".com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-secondamendment-revisited.html?ref HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendmentrevisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1"= HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendmentrevisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1"guncontrol HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendmentrevisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1"& HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendment- revisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1"_r=1 HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendmentrevisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1"& HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendmentrevisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1". Mohammed Almamari Jenna Campbell ENC 1102 Composition II September 25th, 2021 Gun Control There has been an increase in mass shootings in the United States over the past few years. Some people are advocating for the use of stricter laws, while others feel that people are the ones that are supposed to change and not guns. The second Amend in the American constitution gives people the right to own guns, and hence it should not have any infringement (Zachary, pp. 1-12). The concept of gun control has gained debates in the recent past with move people associating guns with the high crime rate levels. Research shows that America is one of the top countries with the highest rates of gun homicides (Kates and Gary, pp. 1-4). The number of shooting in the United States averages one daily. Besides, approximately half of America's population own guns, increasing the likelihood of shooting. This trend has caused most people to campaign to strengthen gun control law as a strategy of minimizing the crime rate. The purpose of this paper is to explain why stricter gun control laws are an effective method of combatting the increasing crime rate. Guns are considered one of the top causes of death in America (Khalil, pp. 342-361). The Second Amendment guarantees people the right to own guns. On the other hand, Brady law ensures that those who purchase guns are not of questionable morals. Over the past years, the irresponsible use of firearms has caused a lot of deaths. This is the reason most people own guns as a means of protection. As such, guns have formed a crucial part of Americans` lives. However, even though people own guns to protect themselves, some use them for illegal purposes. That is, even though firearms result in numerous deaths when they are misused (Khalil, pp. 342-361). Since guns do not kill people but rather the irresponsible use of guns, the legislators should ensure that those who own guns meet the established standards. Effective gun control laws are not only useful in tracking the purpose of guns but also their use (Buchanan, pp. 1-5). That implies that the federal government should help improve the purchase and use of guns by enhancing the set standards and promoting the consistency of state gun laws. Besides, the federal government has a crucial role in strengthening the implementation process and enforcing the existing gun laws appropriately (Buchanan, pp. 1-5). One of the strategies that can be of much benefit is developing the licensing and registration system that could be useful in evaluating how guns are purchased and used. That is because such a strategy would ensure that any firm used in committing the crime can be recovered within the shortest possible time (Khalil, pp. 342-361). Therefore, instead of denying people their right to own guns, it is appropriate to ensure that the licensing and registration law is adhered to and ensure that all firearms are registered so that they can be easily traced to their owners. The irresponsible use of guns leads to more threats than protection. Even though the primary purpose of guns in America is for protection results, they turn out to be the real threat. For example, some of the legally owned guns have often caused injury and deaths to household members (Buchanan, pp. 1-5). Such incidences take place because of accidental shootings or even criminal behaviors. It is apparent that with most people possessing guns, any disputes are often linked to gun-related violence. Such behavior takes place because of the numerous loopholes that are present in the current gun control law (Buchanan, pp. 1-5). For example, even though the Brady Act insists that licensed firearms dealers carry out a background check on all those who buy guns, the requirement does not apply to private sellers. Through stricter gun control laws, it is possible to rectify such loopholes. In addition, the federal weapon ban is useful in reducing the crime rate. The recent mass shootings have caused most individuals to start demanding meaning gun control. Those who advocate for such laws claim that the federal weapon ban that was imposed from 1994 to 2004 helped in reducing the crimes linked with the use of guns (Kwon, pp. 41-50). However, since the ban ended approximately 15 years ago, gun massacres have been on a rapid increase. Such killings are connected to the increase in ownership of military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines (Kwon, pp. 41-50). Therefore, to decrease such crimes, the government must make sure that such weapons are not in the hands of irresponsible individuals. Those who oppose stricter gun control laws claim that enacting such laws will increase the crime rate rather than reduce it. Such individuals argue that the population of the United States is so large that the police cannot be capable of responding to every emergency case (Lott, pp. 1-235). They thus believe that allowing citizens to freely own guns will help to protect themselves. However, previous studies have shown that effective gun control laws are likely to reduce the crime rate in the US (Khalil, pp. 342-361). That is because most individuals do not have sufficient knowledge of the appropriate use of guns. That is why the country is experiencing so many reckless shootings. Therefore, the government can prevent such cases by taking the guns back from unqualified or irresponsible individuals. In conclusion, effective gun control laws would significantly help in reducing gun-related violence in the US. That would be achieved by ensuring that the federal and national authorities implement stricter gun control laws and formulate additional, comprehensive legislation to make the nation safe (Khalil, pp. 342-361). Research has shown that the recent mass shootings have aroused the need to strictly monitoring how weapons are used since, in most situations, perpetrators use legally acquired firearms to commit crimes. However, further research needs to be carried out on the effectiveness of gun laws in different groups of people. Works Cited Buchanan, Wyatt. "State Lawmakers Propose Tough Gun Laws." SFGATE, 2013: 15. https://www.sf HYPERLINK "https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Statelawmakers-propose-tough-gun-laws-"g HYPERLINK "https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/State-lawmakers-propose-tough-gunlaws-"ate.com/news/article/State-lawmakers-propose-tough-gun-laws4261890.php. Kates, Don B., and Gary A. Mauser. "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder And Suicide? A Review Of International Evidence". SSRN Electronic Journal, 2006:1-4 Elsevier BV, doi:10.2139/ssrn.998893. Khalil, Umair. "Do More Guns Lead To More Crime? Understanding The Role Of Illegal Firearms". Journal Of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol 133, 2017, pp. 342- 361. Elsevier BV, doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2016.11.010. Kwon, Ik‐ Whan G., et al. "The effectiveness of gun control laws: multivariate statistical analysis." American Journal of Economics and Sociology 56.1 (1997): 41-50. Retrieved from: https://onlinelibrary. HYPERLINK "https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1536%207150.1997.tb03449"wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1536- 7150.1997.tb03449.x Lott, John R. More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-control Laws. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1998:1-235. Print. Retrieved from: https://www.hoplofobia.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/MGLC-3r HYPERLINK "https://www.hoplofobia.info/wpcontent/uploads/2015/08/MGLC-3rd-Edition.pdf"d HYPERLINK "https://www.hoplofobia.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/MGLC-3rdEdition.pdf"-Edition.pdf Zachary, Elkins. "Opinion | The Second Amendment, Revisited (Published 2013)". Nytimes.Com, 2013:1-12. https://www.nytime HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendmentrevisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1"s HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendmentrevisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1".com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-secondamendment-revisited.html?ref HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendmentrevisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1"= HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendmentrevisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1"guncontrol HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendmentrevisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1"& HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendment- revisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1"_r=1 HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendmentrevisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1"& HYPERLINK "https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/opinion/the-second-amendmentrevisited.html?ref=guncontrol&_r=1".
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Topic: Work-in-Progress Report
The following points are covered in the paper
• The working thesis for my research essay is; reasons why stricter gun control laws are an
effective method of combating the increasing crime rate.
• I have cited a total of six strong research articles that support every point that I make
regarding gun control in America.
• The main strength of my essay so far is that it provides concrete evidence on why gun
possession in America is the root cause of all mass shootings and killings. I have also
provided a rationale of how the mass killings due to increased shootings in America
could be controlled through gun control policies.
• Do the citizens have to own military weapons to protect themselves?


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