infoPlaylist: Gun Control

January 14, 2013 at 8:00 am 2 comments

6835564034_cfe1391638On December 14, 2012, a gunman fatally shot twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The tragedy renewed debate about firearm accessibility and the role that guns play in violence. This guide created by Librarian Joyce Garczynski contains research resources related to the gun control debate including news, background information, legal overviews, gun control groups, statistics, research reports and public opinion information.

News and Background Information

The New York Times’ Topic Page: Contains news and researcher and editor-selected websites related to guns and gun control

Wall Street Journal’s Timeline: Lays out gun control in the United States from 1791 to the present

Legal Overviews

Denver Journal of International Law and Policy’s Survey of World Gun Laws: An overview of eight nations’ gun laws

Law Library of Congress’ Overview of Gun Ownership and the Supreme Court: A one-page synopsis of Supreme Court cases related to the Second Amendment

Maryland State Police Handgun Permit Information: Contains an overview of the Maryland laws governing handguns

National Conference of State Legislatures’ Laws Related to Possession of a Firearm by the Mentally Ill: Contains a chart with an overview of state laws

Gun Control Advocates

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Mayors Against Illegal Guns

National Gun Victims Action Council

Violence Policy Center

Gun Control Opponents

Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Independent Firearm Owners Association

National Rifle Association

Second Amendment Foundation

Students for Concealed Carry

Statistics and Research Reports

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Firearms Statistics Page: Contains federal and state statistics on firearms possession

The Centers for Disease Control’s Report on Violence-Related Firearm Deaths in Cities: A 2011 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report looking at data from 2006-2007

Congressional Research Service Report on Gun Control Legislation:  Looks at the history of gun control legislation and contains some statistics related to firearms

CQ Global Researcher’s Report on the Small Arms Trade [Towson Affiliation Required]: An overview of the issues surrounding the international sale of small firearms’s Gun Rhetoric vs. Gun Facts Report: Contains an analysis of the claims made about the effectiveness of gun control

Harvard Injury Control Research Center’s Firearms Research: Includes synopses of their research on 20 topics related to firearms and public health

Public Opinion

Gallup Polls on Guns: A look at how public opinion on guns has changed over time

Pew Research Center Report on Public Opinion about Gun Control: Contains a recent snapshot of differences in opinions by demographics


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Greg  |  January 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I would like to suggest and as resources. Both provide non-biased, factual information, complete with appropriate citations.

  • 2. joe  |  February 26, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Nicely compiled info. One important change needs to made. “Gun control opponents”. Should be changed to more accurately represent the group as “second amendment advocates”. Almost every gun owner supports some level of control. No one thinks it should be like the wild west. Otherwise it seems to have a left leaning spin. An abortion discussion site would never have “right to life opponents” as the title for the choice folks. Thanks! Keep up the good work.


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