SJ Engage: Gun Violence in the United States
"Our levels of gun violence are off the charts. There's no advanced, developed country on Earth that would put up with this." - Barack Obama
Sandy Hook Elementary.
Santa Fe High School.
Gun violence is on the rise and today's young people are not going to tolerate it. Spurned by youth-led events such as March for Our Lives, today's teens have done school walk-outs and protested outside City Hall for stricter gun laws. We have the resources to provide you with more information and to let your voice be heard just a little louder.
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- Everytown for Gun Safety – A national organization dedicated to ending gun violence and building safer communities.
- Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence – A national organization whose mission is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025.
- 7 Anti-Gun Violence Groups All Led By Young People – A Youth Radio listing of youth-led gun reform groups.
- Pew Research Center - Gun Policy – The latest Pew Research Center data and reports on issues and attitudes toward gun control and related policies.
- The New York Times - Gun Control – News about guns and gun control, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
- The Gun Violence Archive – A not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States.
This toolkit is just a framework for facilitating an SJ Engage Circle.
Sample Discussion Questions
- How do you feel about what you know and have heard about gun violence and mass shootings? What else do you want to know?
- Do you know people who have different opinions on gun violence? What do they say and how does this influence (or not) your point of view?
- What do you think should be done to keep people safe from gun violence?
- Why do you think so many people feel it is important to protect people's right to own guns?
- Why do you think there are so many more mass shootings than there used to be?
- How is the NRA successful in making their case that guns should not be regulated more than they already are?
- Why do you think Congress hasn't been able to pass legislation to try to prevent mass shootings?
Common Core: ELA Writing
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.9 – Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards: Action
- AC.9-12.17 – I take responsibility for standing up to exclusion, prejudice, and injustice.
This project has been made possible in part by a grant from Silicon Valley Community Foundation.