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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links    

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
This site was founded by a survivor of gun violence in 1974, with the idea of rationalizing gun laws in the United States.  It is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that lobbies in favor of commonsense gun regulations at both a state and national level.  This site has statistics, legislative information, law enforcement perspectives and links to other sites.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV)
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) was founded in 1974 to combat the growing gun violence problem in the United States. CSGV is a unique coalition of more than forty religious, professional, labor, medical, educational and civic organizations. This searchable site is kept very current. It has the voting records of your Senator on gun-related issues, as well as statistics and links to other sites.

Gun Control
This is a presentation and analysis of firearms statistics, research, policies, and gun control laws.  This site provides historical references and quotes from elected legislators, politicians and organizations via links to other sites on gun control issues.  Addresses controversies, especially in defense of freedom.

Gun Laws, Gun Control & Gun Rights
Jurist, the Legal Education Network (University of Pittsburgh, School of Law) provides a directory to news, current legal cases, legislation, case law, statistics, and advocacy groups regarding the gun control debate in the U.S.  The emphasis is on the legal questions raised and providing links both for and against.  In addition, links are provided to the positions of the presidential candidates on gun control.  Last update 2004.

National Rifle Association (NRA)
This site includes state and federal legislative information on gun related issues, and is kept very current.  Statistics on crime and gun use and specific Second Amendment court cases are included.  This site is maintained by NRA members who support the Second Amendment.

Violence Policy Center (VPC)
The Violence Policy Center (VPC) is a national educational foundation working to reduce firearms violence in America. The Center works to increase public understanding of firearms violence as an expanding public health crisis. This site includes statistics and both state and federal legislation, and links to state and federal firearms laws.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

Issues & Controversies @
Try searching for "gun control" or construct your own search in this database to find current, in-depth information.

Professional Collection
Try searching for "gun control" or construct your own search in this database to find current, in-depth information.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books (2nd floor)

The debatabase book
Call number: Ref ZA3050.D3945 2007x

Encyclopedia of gun control and gun rights
Call number: Ref KF3941.A68U88 2000

Guns in American society : an encyclopedia of history, politics, culture, and the law
Call number: Ref HV7436.G8783 2002

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Crime prevention--United States

Firearms--Law and legislation

Gun control

The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

Bowling for Columbine
Call number: DVD 0034
The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil war. With his signature sense of angry humor, activist filmmaker Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed.

... the right to keep and bear arms : gun control and the Second Amendment
Call number: Video 000084
This documentary on the gun control debate includes a discussion between president of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Michael Beard, and executive vice president of the National Rifle Association Wayne LaPierre.

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases -  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 5 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database. Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  (gun control) AND (legislation) [from Scholarly Journals only]
    2.  SUB(Firearm laws & regulations) AND (legislation)
    3.  (anti-gun control)
    4.  (pro-gun control)
    5.  SUB(Firearm accidents & safety)

Researched and evaluated by:
E. Ball, Librarian 10/1998
last update: E. Ball, Librarian 11/2009

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