Gun Control

Bailey, D., &Borwein, J. (2015).Does Gun Control Encourage Crime? The Science of Crime Statistics.The Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 October 2015, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-h-bailey/does-gun-control-encourage-crime_b_7917684.html

David Bailey is an American scientific mathematician and also a research fellow at the University of California. Jonathan Borwein is a professor of mathematics at the University of Newcastle in Australia, who has also worked in other universities including Simon Fraser University. The two have previously worked together in the experimental mathematics.

 Bailey and Borweinrely heavily on crime data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pew Research Center as well as previous studies from other researchers to show that crime rate has declined from the 1990s even as the number if guns owned by the public increase. However, they note that the ‘Right to Carry’ laws have a connection to the rise of violent crime.

The article is reliable as itrelies on data and research articles available through the provided links besides being written by professionals.

 The authors do not propose a direction or possible policies that the government can consider to reduce the crime cases associated with the ‘Right to Carry’ laws.

 Braman, D., &Kahan, D. (2015).Overcoming the Fear of Guns, the Fear of Gun Control, and the Fear of Cultural Politics: Constructing a Better Gun Debate.Emory Law Journal, 55, 569-607.

 Donald Braman is an associate professor of law at the George Washington University while his counterpart, Dan Kahan is a professor of law and psychology at Yale University. The two scholars have invaluable knowledge concerning the constitution, government, and culture.

 The authors argues that the gun debate in the US is not near its end as the supporters and critics of gun control continually rely on statistics and studies to justify their opinions. They conclude that bit may be necessary to consider the social and cultural consequences of gun ownership if Americans are will to settle the debate.

 The article is peer-review, which makes it free of biases on the topic; the authors also remain non-partisan when discussing the issue.

 The authors are not clear on which of the parties they support, even with the consideration of socio-cultural consequences; even so, the source is important in studying the ways to resolve the gun control stalemate.

 DeGrazia, D. (2014). The case for moderate guns. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 24(1), 1-25. Retrieved from https://kiej.georgetown.edu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/24.1.degrazia.pdf

 David DeGrazia is an American Philospher, who has extensive knowledge in bioethics. He is currently serving as a professor of philosophy in George Washington University. Although, he has been concentrating more bio and animal ethics, he has extended his research on other contemporary issues such as gun control.

 In the journal under the title ‘The case for moderate guns’, DeGrazia outlines the issues arising from gun ownership by legally recognized people. He discusses about the status quo among the American citizens and extends his study to look into the policies put in place as regards fire arm control in the United States. He discusses the importance of embracing gun control and finally gives the legitimate approaches that can be used in addressing the issue.

 The author has borrowed extensive data from different publications, which are reliable, as cited in the article. Eventually, the source becomes credible and hence can be relied upon in developing further studies.

 Participation by scholars from other fields indicates the significance of the gun control issue in the contemporary society.

Fund, J. (2012).The Facts about Mass Shootings.National Review Online. Retrieved 20 October 2015, from http://www.nationalreview.com/article/335739/facts-about-mass-shootings-john-fund

 John Fund, a California State University graduate, is a notable American author, columnist, and commentator. Some of his authored and co-authored books include Stealing Election, and Cleaning House: America's Campaign for Term Limits.With consideration of his experience as an author, it is possible to label him a resourceful writer.

 Fund relates the occurrence of mass shootings to the lack of efficient laws restricting potentially mentally unstable persons from acquiring guns. He also notes that mass shootings primarily take place in places that do not allow concealed carrying, such as schools, which leaves the individuals with nothing to defend themselves with in case of an attack.

 The source is only reliable as an expert opinion as it does not meet the threshold of an academic article (unsupported statements).

Unlike other sources, Fund discusses the concept of gun control with relation to mass shootings to deliver his conclusion, which is a new perspective on the subject.

 Hawkins, A. (2010). Gun Control: The Ultimate Human Rights Violation | Human Events. Human Events. Retrieved 19 October 2015, from http://humanevents.com/2010/06/03/gun-control-the-ultimate-human-rights-violation/

Hawkins is an adjunct professor of history at the Norwich University and a contributor to media houses such as The Daily Caller and The Brussels Journal. He is also worked as a fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal besides doing extensive work on human rights and gun control.

 According to Hawkins, stricter laws on guns are in violation to the most fundamental human rights. He argues that guns are crucial for self-protection against possible danger, especially from other human beings. Gun control can leave the citizens defenseless and prone to danger.

 The author has studied human history for a long time, which makes his work a credible reference; nonetheless, he relies on only one source.

Hawkins’ article may be crucial when studying the relationship between gun control and human rights. The article does not answer the question; will the acquisition of guns by criminals not further violate the rights that they should protect?

  Kates, D., &Mauser, G. (2006). Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International Evidence.SSRN Electronic Journal.http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.998893

Don Kates is a researcher, criminologist, and a constitutional lawyer in the United States of America. He has to his name several books that he authored some primarily focusing on ‘gun control, fire arms, and violence.’ On the other hand, the co-author to the journal ‘Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International Evidence.SSRN Electronic Journal’ is Gary Mauser, who is a professor in a Canadian University, Fraser. The two are relevant to annotate considering their expansive knowledge and experience in Gun rights and control.

 Based on their research, there exists no relationship between reduced homicides and lesser number of guns. According to them, low crime rates are not to be achieved by reducing the number of guns (p. 45). The adoption of laws discouraging the ownership of fire arms by the mentally ill would help cut down murders and violence, which are gun-related. In their study, they also established that there was proper collaboration between the police and public in places where the populace were allowed to own guns (p. 32).

The resource is reliable considering it was reviewed prior to publication, was compiled by credible authors, and also relied primarily on raw data.

 Most of the data used was from the international sources raising the question as to whether findings from other nations would match those in the United States. Nonetheless, the information is paramount when looking at the effects on gun control from a global perspective.

 Lott, J. (2010). More guns, less crime (3rd ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

As an economist and gun rights activist, John Lott, has an extensive experience and knowledge on matters gun control having taught as a professor in some of the world leading universities; Yale University, University of Maryland, and University of Chicago. He is an authoritative author considering his expansive research on gun control.

 In his 3rd edition book, Lott is of the opinion that reduction in crime rates will be as a result of increased gun ownership and implementation of carrying laws. His latest is about the effect of gun control policies and has compiled data from Washington and Chicago. He argues that the populace becomes responsible when the government does not restrain its citizens from gun ownership.

 The academic achievements and expansive experience of the author makes the source credible. Equally, the study may be refuted as being unreliable considering that the author is a gun rights’ advocate and hence may be biased.

The information contained in the source material dates back to a period of more than 15 years. Therefore, the source can be more reliable especially in studying the historical development with regard to gun control.

 Peterson, K. (2013). The Consequences of Gun Control - The Keating Center.The Keating Center. Retrieved 19 October 2015, from http://www.okwu.edu/keating-center/2013/04/the-consequences-of-gun-control/

 Eric Peterson has an extensive experience in the police department, where he served under different levels for a whooping 23 years in service. He is currently an associate professor at Chesapeake Energy School. He has won to his name several accolades in recognition of his outstanding participation in diverse projects as a trainer. He is reliable in the sense that he has expansive knowledge and experience on matters crime.

 In his study, he is of the opinion that gun control will eventually lead to the emergency of black market. Eventually, bandits, fugitives, and criminals will illegally acquire more guns, thereby, leading to increased crime rates. Intent and opportunity are primal for a person to commit a crime. Intent is psychologically motivated, while opportunity is delineated by weapon and timing.

 To some extent the author does not clearly provide the origin of his arguments, thereby, making the resource less credible.

 It would be more credible a source for expert opinion with regard to the effects of gun control if it pointed out the best strategy to be adopted in dealing with the ownership of fire arms.

Pérez-Peña, R. (2015). Gun Control Explained. New York Times, pp. 1-3. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/10/07/us/gun-control-explained.html?_r=0

 Richard Perez Pena has been in the journalism career for over 20 years, where he has covered and reported many areas. His expansive research and interaction with citizens from different states ranks him as a credible source as regards gun control.

In his article, ‘Gun Control Explained’, he tackles many issues relating to gun control. He gives a clear definition of the phrase and goes ahead to deliberate on the current state of gun control in major states such as Illinois, New Jersey, and Hawaii. The article is also well developed to discuss on the existing laws on gun control. Arguments in support and opposition to the issue have also been discussed in the article.

 His extensive research, while in the field of journalism makes his article credible. The author has used data from diverse sources, thereby, achieving reliability.

 The mere fact that Perez is neutral and includes both supporting and opposing opinions as regards the issue of gun control sets a an unbiased position.

 Wilson, H. L. (2007). Guns, gun control, and elections: The politics and policy of firearms. Lanham, Md. [u.a.: Rowman & Littlefield. https://books.google.co.ke/books?id=o6gBg1kF-AYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Gun+Control&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Gun%20Control&f=false

As an Alumni of Pennsylvania State University, Harry Wilson, has expansive knowledge on gun control. Harry has done expansive research on contemporary issues including the aspect of fire arms and is currently a professor in the United States, where he teaches political science.

 In one of his book, ‘Guns, gun control, and elections’, Harry discusses on how the Americans look at the issue of gun control, the policies put in place, and how issues surrounding fire arm control are depicted on the national media. In some cases, Harry has differed with some conventional wisdom and pursues his own research onto the matter.

 The study by Harry is credible in the sense that it helps readers to understand the contemporary research as regards gun control.

 The aspect of the author differing with some conventional wisdom and undertaking deep research into the issue places helps make more developments on the gun control area.

 
References

 Bailey, D., &Borwein, J. (2015).Does Gun Control Encourage Crime? The Science of Crime Statistics.The Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 October 2015, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-h-bailey/does-gun-control-encourage-crime_b_7917684.html

 Braman, D., &Kahan, D. (2015).Overcoming the Fear of Guns, the Fear of Gun Control, and the Fear of Cultural Politics: Constructing a Better Gun Debate.Emory Law Journal, 55, 569-607.

 DeGrazia, D. (2014). The case for moderate guns. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 24(1), 1-25. Retrieved from https://kiej.georgetown.edu/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/24.1.degrazia.pdf

 Fund, J. (2012).The Facts about Mass Shootings.National Review Online. Retrieved 20 October 2015, from http://www.nationalreview.com/article/335739/facts-about-mass-shootings-john-fund

 Hawkins, A. (2010). Gun Control: The Ultimate Human Rights Violation | Human Events. Human Events. Retrieved 19 October 2015, from http://humanevents.com/2010/06/03/gun-control-the-ultimate-human-rights-violation/

Kates, D., &Mauser, G. (2006). Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International Evidence.SSRN Electronic Journal.http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.998893

 Lott, J. (2010). More guns, less crime (3rd ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

 Peterson, K. (2013). The Consequences of Gun Control - The Keating Center.The Keating Center. Retrieved 19 October 2015, from http://www.okwu.edu/keating-center/2013/04/the-consequences-of-gun-control/

 Pérez-Peña, R. (2015). Gun Control Explained. New York Times, pp. 1-3. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/10/07/us/gun-control-explained.html?_r=0

 Wilson, H. L. (2007). Guns, gun control, and elections: The politics and policy of firearms. Lanham, Md. [u.a.: Rowman & Littlefield. https://books.google.co.ke/books?id=o6gBg1kF-AYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Gun+Control&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Gun%20Control&f=false