The Gun Issues folder was just updated, through today’s articles.
More statistics; the cost numbers for gun violence in this one are new to me.
The question of the role of guns in domestic violence has come up in several rounds I’ve judged. This article addresses that, from the first-person viewpoint of someone who was on the receiving end of the bullets.
Black market guns come from three primary sources, one of which is straw purchases. Another first-person account on that issue, from the viewpoint of the shooter.
Most discussions of guns for self-defense involve bullets that go where they’re supposed to. But they don’t; and if even the police can’t build a range that works in that regard…
The question of gun culture isn’t discussed much in the rounds I’ve judged – and maybe it should be. The following three articles deal with such questions. First, if you deal with teenage boys to any extent, then you’ve come across the ones who are fascinated by the technology of cars. Are there those who enjoy guns for the technology involved? Is that really the reason for so many gun publications?
What role do non-hunting recreational shooters have in the resolution? (The article includes some interesting cost statistics.)
Gun users speak out. The author’s first two paragraphs might make a good opening statement.
Finally, the link to The Atlantic’s special report on guns and gun usage (several articles from the series have been posted here). Of particular interest are the comments from readers on their experiences, good and bad, with guns. What they say is every bit as astute as the professional writers and commentators behind most of what I post. The most recent posts, as of today, concern the guns and suicides question. Scroll down for a number of other good discussions on the overall issue we’re debating.