“Five myths about gun control”
By Robert J. Spitzer, December 21, 2012
1. I like this article because it states specific facts about gun control and not just opinions. It talks about all the myths about gun control, one myth is that gun control is a losing battle for Democrats. But, that is false because many democrats have voiced their opinion on the topic. Another myth is that guns are deadliest as murder weapons which has been also proven false because statistics show that gun suicide is more common than gun homocide. Another myth is that American schools have become shooting galleries. Horrible incidents like Sandy Hook and Columbine ...view middle of the document...
He backs up his arguments with facts about what guns are used for and what the Constitution says about them.
2. I do believe that this is a useful source because it states facts and reliable statistics of the myths and misunderstandings about gun control that I agree with and can be used in my research paper. I think that people that are on the fence about gun control and laws should read this to understand more about the topic and form their own opinion. This article might be biased because Robert J. Spitzer has wrote four other books about gun policy. His opinion is very clear about gun control and in his article he only writes about the “bad things” about gun control that are myths. He doesn’t write about any myths about the “good things” or benificial advantages of being able to own and carry a gun. The goal of this article is to make people aware that everything that people say about guns are not true and that the Second Amendment wasn’t just a joke. The people that wrote it actually knew what they were talking about. This article uses logos and it supports my argument about gun control and laws.
3. This article can fit into my research because I can use the facts and statistics in this article to back up my opinions. When you have reliable facts and statistics to back up your opinions it makes them a lot more infalliable and believable. A statistic I found in the article states that, “In 2009, for example, almost 11,500 Americans were killed by someone else with a gun, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but more than 18,000 killed themselves with a firearm.” This article was very helpful for me because before I read this I believed some of the myths and now that I know they aren’t true I can make stronger and less biased opinions. But it hasn’t changed my opinion on the matter.
Five myths about gun control
By Robert J. Spitzer,December 21, 2012
Robert J. Spitzer is distinguished service professor and chairman of the political science department at the State University of New York College at Cortland. He is the author of four books on gun policy, including “The Politics of Gun Control.”
After the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, a nation long resistant to gun control seems ready to act — or at least talk about acting. President Obama has said he will make firearm legislation a “central issue” of his second term, and National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for Congress “to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school in this nation.” But before America tackles gun control, let’s tackle a few misunderstandings about how dangerous our weapons are, what they’re used for and what the Constitution says about them.
1. Gun control is a losing battle for Democrats.
In his 2004...