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FIREARMS in the USA

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(Updated on 11/02/2013)

 


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Firearms

 

 

 

Statistics :

 

Laws :

 

  • Brady Bill II - To amend title 18, United States Code, to promote the safe use of guns and to reduce gun violence.
    (Federal law - Brady Bill)
    (firearmsandliberty.com)

 

Facts / Actions :

 

 

  • Aurora theater shooting: Gun sales up since tragedy - Article + Video - 25 July 2012
    "Firearm interest spikes as some seek protection."
    (denverpost.com)

  • Viewpoint: America's gun control impasse - 20 July 2012
    "The shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, has reignited the debate over gun rights in America.
    But, argues Rod Dreher, senior editor at The American Conservative, the arguments on both sides say little, and accomplish even less..."

    + VIDEO : Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates: "Mr Holmes was apprehended outside... with three weapons."
    + Aurora shootings
    (BBC)
    See Cartoons + Lesson plans

  • Americans buy record numbers of guns for Christmas - December 2011 (telegraph.co.uk)

  • Mexico drug war: US sting 'let cartels buy guns' - 15 June 2011
    "Hundreds of US guns were bought, resold and sent to Mexican drug cartels in an Arizona sting operation while US firearms agents were ordered not to intervene, Congress has heard...
    The guns tracked by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were reportedly used in numerous killings in Mexico...
    Nearly 35,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since December 2006, and many of the killings have been carried out with guns smuggled in from the US. "

    + US guns 'fuel Mexico bloodshed' - 14 June 2011
    (BBC)

 

 

 

 

  • Gun dealers sell pistols 'without background check'
    "Undercover New York City investigators bought high-powered pistols from an Arizona gun fair without undergoing a background check, officials said...
    The show was held two weeks after six were killed in a shooting at an Arizona congresswoman's constituent meeting...
    Federal law prohibits convicted criminals, mentally ill individuals and drug abusers from owning guns."

    (BBC)

     

  • Arizona shooting: business booms at Tucson gun fair
    "The Stars and Stripes were fluttering at half-mast at Tucson's Pima County Fairgrounds on Saturday, but the demand for guns among its visitors was higher than ever before...
    Seven days after a man opened fire in a supermarket car park, 8,000 people gathered on the other side of the city to worship weapons
    like the one that left six local people dead and 13 wounded."

    (telegraph.co.uk)

     

  • Gun control (justfacts.com)

    • General Facts
    • Ownership
    • Crime and Self Defense
    • Background Checks and Criminals' Sources of Guns
    • Right-to-Carry Laws
    • Accidents
    • Politics
    • Constitution
  • Toy soldiers run afoul of school's weapons ban

    "Christan Morales said her son just wanted to honor American troops when he wore a hat to school decorated with an American flag and small plastic Army figures.
    But the school banned the hat because it ran afoul of the district's zero-tolerance weapons policy. Why? The toy soldiers were carrying tiny guns."

    (google.com)

     

  • Tennessee gun law divides opinion
    "Following a recent series of high-profile shooting incidents in the United States, the southern state of Tennessee is changing its gun laws this week... Gun owners in the state will be allowed to carry their weapons in a lot more public places - including bars and restaurants."
    - with a VIDEO
    (BBC)

  • Boy guilty of shooting his mother
    "A 12-year-old boy has been found guilty in the United States of murdering his mother following a row over his household chores...
    According to prosecutors, the shooting happened after the boy had argued with his mother over chores.
    He got a pistol from a bedroom cupboard and shot Sara Madrid repeatedly."

    (BBC)

 

  • Guns for Texas school's teachers
    "Teachers in one part of the US state of Texas are to be allowed to carry concealed firearms when the new school term opens this month."
    (BBC)

 

  • US court overturns DC handgun ban
    "A ban on handguns in Washington DC has been ruled unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court."

    (BBC)

    Q&A: DC's gun laws
    What is the case before the Supreme Court?
    Why is the case so important?
    What are the arguments against the DC handgun ban?
    What are the arguments for maintaining the ban?
    Where do the Supreme Court justices stand on the issue?
    How will the case play into the White House race?
    What is the Bush administration's position?
    Why does gun ownership matter to Americans?

    (BBC)

 

  • US car dealer in free gun offer
    "A car dealership in the United States is offering a free handgun with every vehicle sold.
    Max Motors in Butler, Missouri, says sales have quadrupled since the start of the offer."

    (BBC)

  • Lesson 90: Guns. - Bob & Rob show
    - with a study guide

    (thebobandrobshow.com)

 

 

  • Safety, education and public service - NRA (nrahq.org)

 

Opinions :

  • Gun control (British Council)
    "Let's look at some of the common arguments for and against the right to own a gun."

  • BUSH and GUNS (pearlyabraham.tripod.com)


  • Film star Charlton Heston is to stand for an unprecedented fourth term as chairman of the National Rifle Association in the United States
    - BBC News - 20 May, 2001




  • Handgun control debate (awesomelibrary.org)


  • Children's opinions:

 

Museum :

  • Shooting, hunting and national firearms museum - NRA (nra.nationalfirearms.museum)

 

Glossary / Vocabulary :

 

  • Marksman = "A man skilled in shooting at a target." - UPDATED
    Synonyms: crack shot (n), sharpshooter (n).

    (thefreedictionary.com)


 

  • Do you understand the Terminology of guns? (medstat.med.utah.edu)
  • Learn about the different Kinds of Guns. (medstat.med.utah.edu)

 

Listening :

 

Cartoons : (Si le lien est inaccessible, enregistrer l'image pour obtenir la taille initiale.)


Cartoon: The Real Threat
"This cartoon by Schrank from The Independent makes the point that the real threat
to ordinary Americans does not come from rare one-off incidents
like the Boston Marathon bombings, the Waco fertilizer plan explosion, or the 'ricin' letters 
sent to President Obama and a senator,
but from the Senate's failure to amend gun control laws..."

+ VOCABULARY + LINKS + Related articles
(englishblog.com)

 

Cartoon: The Gun Lobby
"This cartoon by Peter Brookes 
from The Times relates to news
that the US Senate has voted against
new legislation to expand background
checks for gun purchasers, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's hopes of gun
control reform after the school shootings at 
Sandy Hook in December." Read more >>

+ COMMENTARY + VOCABULARY
+ LINKS + Related articles

(englishblog.com)


Cartoon: Guns and Jobs
"This cartoon by Bob Englehart from the Hartford Courant is a contribution
to the gun control debate, ..."

+ COMMENTARY + VOCABULARY + LESSON IDEA + RELATED ARTICLES
(englishblog.com)

 

 

Batman Shooting Cartoon Collection
"The Cagle Post has added several more
cartoons to its collection on the so-called
Batman shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
This one is by Rick McKee, staff cartoonist
at The Augusta Chronicle. You can see
more of Rick's cartoons here..."

+ COMMENT + LANGUAGE POINTS
(englishblog.com)

See Facts / Actions
+ Lesson plans

 

 

Cartoon: Aurora Shooting
"American cartoonists have been quick to respond
to the terrible massacre at a screening of the new Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado.
This one by Milt Priggee, a freelance editorial c
artoonist from northwest Washington State,
lays the blame squarely
on the NRA (National Rifle Association),
the American gun lobby organization..." 

(englishblog.com)

See Facts / Actions
+ Lesson plans

 

 

Gun debate
- cartoons

(cagle.com)

 

 

Guns and Politics - cartoons
(cagle.com)

 

 

Cartoon: Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law
"Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law is
under scrutiny after the killing of an unarmed
black youth, Trayvon Martin, by a neighborhood watch leader.
This week's lesson 
from Cartoons for the Classroom features
a cartoon on the subject by Jeff Parker,
editorial cartoonist for Florida Today..."

+ NOTES + VOCABULARY + LINKS
(englishblog.com)

 

 

GUN BAN BAN - Cartoons
(cagle.com)

 

 

Americans and Guns Color
- UPDATED

 


Political Cartoonists

take a look at Gun Control!

(politicalcartoons.com)


 

More cartoons
about Gun Control

(politicalcartoons.com)

Don't touch the remote control!


Guns and Shootings
- Cartoons

(cartoonbox.slate.com)


 

Lesson plans :

 

Webquests :

 

 

Interactive Quizzes :

 

Quizzes to print :

  • Gun quiz - Gun Control: Myths and Realities (outyourbackdoor.com)

 

Games :

  • A DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: A GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION GAME (bradycenter.org)
    "The user learns to make safe, smart, healthy, life-saving decisions through five potential scenarios involving guns.
    The player is rewarded for making the right decisions by earning arcade tokens to play later in up to five mini-games at the arcade.
    The game changes each time it is played depending on the dialogue choices made by the player."

 

Posters :

  • Jolie posters 'glamorised guns'
    Two posters for an Angelina Jolie film have been criticised by advertising watchdogs for making guns attractive.
    The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled the Wanted posters were not suitable to be seen by children.
    It added that the use of a glamorous actress, gun images and aspirational text "could glamorise violence".

    (BBC)

 

 

  • Guns in the home - Posters :
    - JOHN HIGGINS HID HIS HANDGUN SO WELL, IT TOOK HIS SON 3 YEARS TO FIND IT.
    - LOUIS TAYLOR HID HIS .357 MAGNUM SOWELL, IT TOOK HIS SON 6 YEARS TO FIND IT.
    - FRANK SHELLY HID HIS 9mm GLOCK SO WELL, IT TOOK HIS DAUGHTER 4 YEARS TO FIND IT.

 

Videos :

 

 

 

  • My First Rifle - USA
    "Most kindergarten kids learn how to paint and tie their shoelaces; in Kentucky they learn how to handle shotguns.
    As the gun debate rages across the US, this shocking report explores its teeny-popper culture."

    (YouTube)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cinema :

 

 

Songs :

  • 18 with a bullet by Pete Wingfield
    - Song heard in the film "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (Arnaques, crimes et botanique)
    (YouTube)
    + the lyrics
    "I'm eighteen with a bullet
    Got my finger on the trigger, I'm gonna pull it
    I'm picked to click now
    I'm a son of a gun"
    (houseoflyrics.com)
  • I like guns - Steve Lee - with the lyrics
    (YouTube)
    + the LYRICS
    (ilikeguns.com.au)

 


Poems :