Guns: The Law as Selling Tool”


  QUESTIONS FROM NEW YORK TIMES LEARNING

  1. What does the case of Bill Dollar say about current gun laws? 
  2. What are the so-called “loopholes” in the nation’s gun laws to which this article refers? 
  3. What surprising discovery was made in the past few years about the illegal gun market?
  4. How did Boston greatly reduce the number of illegal guns sold there?
  5.  How do current laws hamper the firearms bureau’s effort to crackdown on illegal gun purchases? 
  6. What is the Brady Law, and how do sales at gun shows undermine it?
  7.  How does the Firearm Owners Protection Act protect individuals who sell large numbers of guns? 
  8.  Why are some United States attorneys reluctant to go after dealers who failed to keep records of their sales?
  9. Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A.’s executive vice president, is quoted as saying, “The government has every statute it needs to stop the bad guys, and when they don’t, I think they are just  playing politics.” Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?j. Do you agree with Mr. LaPierre that gun dealers are legitimate business people?
  10. Why has Congress failed to act on a Clinton administration request to hire 500 more A.T.F. agents?
  11. How do penalties for drug crimes compare to penalties for gun crimes?
  12. Why do you think that these differences exist?
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