Friday, January 22, 2010
Dolan's Cadillac: Gun Purchase
I. Work in small groups and discuss the following questions:
1) How violent do you consider the place you live in? Explain it.
2) How is gun purchase restrictions in a country related to its crime rates?
3) Do you know the rules to buy a gun in your country? What exactly do you know about it?
4) What are the consequences if you are caught carrying a gun that was bought legally at a public place in your city? Do you agree with it? Why (not)?
5) What are the consequences if you are caught carrying a gun that was bought illegally at a public place in your city? Do you agree with it? Why (not)?
6) Do you think that forbidding gun selling will solve or lower crime rates? Why (not)?
II. Look at some of the rules a citizen must obey when buying a gun in the USA. Talk to your group mates and write F if you think the law is fair enough, L if you think it is too lenient, and S if you think it is too strict.
1. ( ) Some states (hard states) require you to attend a weapons safety class before you can purchase a weapon.
2. ( ) Other states (easy states) don't have any special training requirement to purchase a gun.
3. ( ) If you buy a weapon in an "easy" state and transport it to a "hard" state, the weapon
is technically illegal.
4. ( ) The age at which you can purchase a weapon depends on the weapon.
5. ( ) Shotguns are easier to purchase than rifles and handguns. That's because they're primarily used for hunting.
6. ( ) In most states, carry permits are issued by counties. Whenever you purchase a weapon, you're supposed to inform it so the weapon can be tracked. However, not all of the states require it.
III. Now decide what the best regulations of gun trade would be. Make a list of rules that should be followed by everyone and share it with the rest of the class.
IV. Watch the movie segment and answer the questions that follow:
1. Describe what happened in the scene.
2. What is the customer looking for and what is he offered?
3. Is the customer eligible to buy a gun?
4. Was it difficult to purchase it? Why (not)?
5. Do you think the customer is prepared to handle a gun? Why (not)?
6 - Do you think the guns shop is prepared to sell guns? Why (not)?
7 - Would this scene be possible where you live? Explain it.
8 - Is there anyone right or wrong in this situation? Explain it.