Week 8: Debates on Guns

Monday

Police Officer Corey Saffold from the Madison Police Department will be visiting class to discuss guns from his perspective and to answer student questions.

Tuesday

Team preparation for debates. Remember you may break into caucuses to develop different proposals or unite around a single one.

Wednesday

Debate format: each side will be given a chance to support and defend a proposal (affirmative) and to challenge a proposal (negative.) We’ll be tag-team debating so all members of your team should be prepared to speak.

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Week 7: What evidence supports and refutes gun control?

Monday:

Where are we at with the evidence we have collected so far? We’ll be aggregating some of the data from the readings we’ve been looking at. What are the possible perspectives and arguments on gun control? Where are we at in terms of evidence for these arguments? What data and evidence are we missing?

Gun laws in California (nytimes.com)

NRA speaks on Meet the Press

Tuesday:

What argument do the producers of Living for 32 make? What does Colin Goddard argue should be done about guns?

Wednesday

Background reading from procon.org

Evidence collection for your position:

  1. Why our Gun Debate is off-target (Wall Street Journal, 2013)
  2. Second Thoughts on the Second Amendment (The Atlantic)
  3. The False Promise of Gun Control (The Atlantic, 1994)
  4. The Story of a Gun (The Atlantic, 1993)
  5. Online Ads are the latest way…(salon.com, 2013)
  6. Twelve Facts about Guns and Mass Shootings (Washington Post)
  7. Gun laws in California (nytimes.com)
  8. Do Gun Control Laws Control Guns? (National Review)
  9. Stand your Ground Laws:

West High Databases (These are directly oppositional….easy to get at the specific arguments for your side…)

Thursday & Friday

Prepare for the debate. (in LMC)

 

Week 6: Guns in America

Tuesday:

1. What are the controversial questions surrounding guns in America? If you only knew __________, then you’d believe ________________ about guns. Write a preliminary paragraph about your perspective on gun ownership in America.
2. Small groups will generate the related topics and information we need to know in order to process those questions. We’ll include a look at the people/groups likely to have different perspectives.
3. Read background reading from procon.org

4. Group time for reading: how do these readings contribute to our understanding of the topic?

  1. Why our Gun Debate is off-target (Wall Street Journal, 2013)
  2. Second Thoughts on the Second Amendment (The Atlantic)
  3. The False Promise of Gun Control (The Atlantic, 1994)
  4. The Story of a Gun (The Atlantic, 1993)
  5. Online Ads are the latest way…(salon.com, 2013)
  6. Twelve Facts about Guns and Mass Shootings (Washington Post)

Wednesday 

1. Group reading and report out. Use poster paper to collect arguments and evidence.
2. Begin watching After Newton: Guns in America. Use a t-chart to capture notes from the film and questions that it raises. Consider the categories: argument and evidence

Thursday and Friday

What types of evidence are individuals and groups using to support their arguments? Where do we stand at this point about whether gun ownership should be restricted?

We’ll be looking at a bit of the history behind gun legislation and the arguments in favor of and against gun control. We’ll be using the Issues and Controversies database from the LMC.

Extra Resources:

Political cartoons about guns