4. Final Presentation

An outline for a proposal to change the way that firearms are sold to put more information and immediate power into the hands of the seller. By giving licensed firearm sellers a more comprehensive tool for background checks, we enable them to make more calculated decisions that will result in less weapons in the hands of those who would misuse them.


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3. Actors

Approximately 40% of annual gun crime in the US is perpetrated with a weapon obtained through a Straw Purchase or the Gun Show Loophole. The University of Chicago recently published a report showing that only 3% of polled inmates incarcerated for a gun crime owned a weapon that they bought through a Federally licensed gun store. 

Whether people who sell weapons in this roundabout way do it for the sake of convenience, or because they believe that background checks are infringing on their rights, they are directly contributing to a significant portion of gun crime in the US.

1. Introduction to Gun Control

For the next 5 weeks I am working with Catherine Zheng and Justin Finkenaur to analyze the debate on gun control, identify an issue within that scope, and propose a solution that could feasibly address the problem.

We are in the early stages of research and are currently trying to understand the scope of the debate and unpack the key stakeholders, components, and driving factors of gun ownership in the United States. There are several aspects of this conversation that are immediately apparent and will guide the focus of our research moving forward. So far they include:

1. What are the motivations to purchase firearms?

2. What is the extent of the process for obtaining firearms?

3. In what ways does media coverage effect the public opinion of firearms?

4. How does the U.S.'s history of armed culture affect the American philosophy of firearms? And how will it adapt to the modern American society?

5. What are the psychological effects of firearm ownership?