Research Links and Critical Thinking Questions for March 2019 Issues

RESEARCH LINKS

Issue 1: Gun Control Laws
Congress.gov: Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 Bill                   
Congress.gov: Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2019 Bill   
ProCon.org: “Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted in the U.S.?”       
Newsweek: “States Take Matters in their Hands as Stalemate in Congress”    
The Atlantic: “Democrats Are Newly Emboldened on Gun Control”           
NRA ILA: “Supreme Court Takes a 2nd Amendment Challenge to Gun Law”       
                                            
Issue 2: Vaccines
World Health Organization: “10 Threats to Global Health in 2019”           
U.S. News: “Public Confidence in Vaccines Sags, New Report Finds”      
Immunize for Good: “Fact or Fiction: Benefits vs. Risks”               
Dr. Lauren Feder: “Vaccine Pros and Cons” (More Cons than Pros)           
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “State Vaccination Requirements”   
ProCon.org: “Should Vaccines Be Required for Children?”               

CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS

Issue 1: Gun Control Laws

  1. Are you for enacting stricter gun-control laws or expanding gun-control rights in the U.S.? Which would ultimately be better for the U.S. and why?
  2. How do you interpret the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? The amendment reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
  3. How is the United States different now than it was in 1789, when the Second Amendment was written?
  4. Would enacting stricter gun-control laws help prevent school shootings? If so, why? If not, what would?
  5. Do you think there should be a law banning U.S. citizens from buying and possessing automatic weapons? Why or why not?

Issue 2: Vaccines

  1. Should the government have the right to compel vaccines for children? Should parents have the right to refuse them?
  2. What are the risks associated with vaccines and do those risks outweigh the benefits?
  3. Currently, mandatory vaccine laws are left to the states to decide. Should there be a national law for vaccines? Why or why not?
  4. Which is more important — individual rights or the collective good? Why?
  5. If vaccines are not required, will the public health be endangered? Why or why not?