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Gun Control

Get started with your research on gun control

Key Search Words

Use the words below to search for useful information in books and articles.

  • gun control
  • gun rights
  • Second Amendment
  • handguns
  • assault weapons
  • firearms
  • gun violence
  • school shootings

Pro Con Arguments

Pro Argument

Brady Campaign to Stop Bad Apple Gun Dealers

Con Argument

National Rifle Association's position on universal background checks


Start Learning About Your Topic

Background Reading:

It's important to begin your research learning something about your subject; in fact, you won't be able to create a focused, manageable thesis unless you already know something about your topic.

This step is important so that you will:

  • Begin building your core knowledge about your topic
  • Be able to put your topic in context
  • Create research questions that drive your search for information
  • Create a list of search terms that will help you find relevant information
  • Know if the information you’re finding is relevant and useful

If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

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Create Research Questions to Focus Your Topic

Gun control is a complex issue that involves crime, legislation, and the Constitution. You could concentrate on one issue and do in-depth research on that, or use several of the questions below to focus more generally on the topic of gun control or gun violence.

  • Is gun violence a serious problem in America?
  • Does limiting access to guns reduce gun violence?
  • What laws exist to control gun ownership?
  • How are guns purchased and transferred in America?
  • How do other countries regulate gun ownership?
  • Should gun rights be controlled by states or by the federal government?
  • What are the arguments for regulating gun ownership?
  • What are the arguments against regulating gun ownership?

Find books in the MJC library catalog

Why Use Books:

Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. You can also use books to find primary sources, which are often published together in collections.

Where Do I Find Books?

You'll use the library catalog to search for books, ebooks, articles, and more.

What if MJC Doesn't Have What I Need?
Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 emergency, we are unable to process requests for materials from other libraries. We'll have this service up and running again as soon as campus opens and we're fully operational.

If you need materials (books, articles, recordings, videos, etc.) that you cannot find in the library catalog, use our interlibrary loan service.

Find Articles in Library Databases

All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff.

If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date. 

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Cite Your Sources

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