Persuasive Speech on Gun Control & the 2nd


March 16, 2005, 11:16 PM
I am currently writing my persuasive speech for my Public Speaking class in college about the conflict between gun control laws and the purpose and intent of the second ammendment.

Just wondering if anyone had any good websites, articles, or books to recommend to me for it.
One specific subject I am looking for info on is Australia's gun control laws and the effects its had on the nation. However, I would appriciate info or recommendations for pretty much anything related.

Thanks for the help

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March 16, 2005, 11:19 PM

March 16, 2005, 11:21 PM
I have a good counter for the old "2a isn't relevant because they only had musketts when the constitution was writtent" argument. At the time of the signing of the constitution, 2a included the right to own ship sail and cannon... A heavily armed ship would have been capable of SEVERELY damaging a small town. A small fleet of such ships could lay waste to it.

March 16, 2005, 11:21 PM

Lots of articles there from well-known legal journals and such.

March 17, 2005, 04:08 AM
Top right of the page... "THR Library"

March 17, 2005, 09:38 AM
Here is a list of my cited works from a paper I did a few years ago on armed women. Some of these may get you where you need to go.



Bates, Lyn. “A Terrible Place for a Gunfight.” Women and Guns Jan.-Feb. 2001.

————. “Bitches with Guns.” Women and Guns Jul. 1994.

————. “Jean’s Story.” Women and Guns Mar. 1994.

————. “Susan Gonzalez – Anti-Gun Mom Turned Survivor.” Women and Guns May-Jun. 2001.

Brink, Susan. “The Case of Fighting off a Rapist.” U.S. News & World Report 20 Dec. 1993: 74.

Casey, Kathryn. “Up in Arms (Women and Gun Ownership).” Ladies Home Journal 112 (1995): 89-92.

Gibbs, Nancy R. “Living: When Women Take Up Arms More are Intent on Being Their Own Protectors.” Time 11 Apr. 1988: 63.

Heft, Richard Kelly. “Women are Going for Their Guns.” The Evening Post 15 May 1995: 9.

Holleman, Joe. “More Women are Fired Up About Guns.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch 22 Mar. 1993: 01A.

Homsher, Deborah. Women and Guns: Politics and the Culture of Firearms in America. New York: M.E. Sharpe. 2001.

Kleck, Gary and Marc Gertz. “Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense with a Gun.” Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology Fall 1995.

Leonardi, Kristin. “Gun is Wrong Weapon to Help Abused Women Protect Themselves.” University Wire 29 Apr. 2002.

Lott, John R. Jr. “Concealed Handguns. Letting Citizens Carry Them Leads to Drop in Murder Rates.” Minneapolis Star Tribune 21 Mar. 1997: 21A.

————. “Concealed Guns Reduce Crime. If People are Packing, Crooks Think Twice.” Minneapolis Star Tribune 16 Aug. 1998: 25A.

————. “Do Guns Help Prevent Violence? Areas that Allow Concealed Firearms Find Violent Crime is Reduced.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch 3 May 1998: B3.

————. More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws. 2nd ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 2000.

————. “Reduce Crime, Let Citizens Carry Concealed Guns.” The Record (Bergen County, NJ) 15 Aug. 2002: L11.

————. “Research Data Show that Concealed Handguns Deter Crime.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch 6 Aug. 1998: B7.

McCain, Robert Stacy. “Concealed Arms Deter Crime, Researchers Say.” The Washington Times 10 May 1998: 17.

McGinnis, John O. “More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws. (Book Reviews)” Rev. of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, by John R. Lott Jr. National Review 20 Jul. 98: 49.

Mitchell, Kathy and Marcy Sugar. “Woman Shouldn’t have had Gun in Purse, but it Stopped Attacker.” The London Free Press 26 Aug. 2002: D4.

Quigley, Paxton. Armed and Female. New York: St. Martin’s Paperbacks. 1990.

Royko, Mike. “If You’re Going to Pass Out Guns, Give ‘em to Women.” The Dallas Morning News 29 Jun. 1996: 31A.

Smith, Tom W. and Robert J. Smith. “Changes in Firearm Ownership Among Women, 1980 - 1994.” Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology Fall 1995.

Stewart, Bob, Malia Boyd, and Derrick Nunnally. “Stalking the Stalker Police, with the Aid of Victim’s Kin, Hunt for a Serial Killer Terrorizing Baton Rouge.” People 2 Sep. 2002: 74+.

Strange, Mary Zeiss and Carol K. Oyster. Gun Women: Firearms and Feminism in Contemporary America. New York: New York University Press. 2000.

Townsel, Lisa Jones. “Self Defense Specialists Preach the Art of Prevention Key Tip: Always be Aware of Your Surroundings.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch 6 Mar. 1997: 38.

“VPC Report: For Every Time a Woman Uses a Handgun to Kill in Self-Defense, 101 Women Die in Handgun Murders.” US Newswire 31 Jan. 2001.

Walker, Cynthia Anne. “Defensive Carry Success Stories.” WFN. 11 Sep. 02 <>.

“Women and Firearms Violence Fact Sheet.” Contemporary Women’s Issues Database 1 Jan. 2001: 1.

Mad Man
March 17, 2005, 11:08 AM
Second Amendment Library at, especially the Law Reviews ( section.

It's a collection of more "scholarly" rather than "populist" works.

Although as Glenn Reynolds ( noted in "A Critical Guide to the Second Amendment (" (1995):

My final observation has less to do with constitutional law than with good manners as applied to constitutional law. It has been my experience, as a constitutional scholar who has written on Second Amendment issues, that I have gotten a much greater response from members of the non-academic community regarding those topics than when I have written on, say, the Commerce Clause.[223] It has also been my experience that although a few of the individuals who have contacted me could fairly be classified as "nuts," the vast majority have been intelligent, well-read, and polite. Many of them have been far more knowledgeable about the Second Amendment, its history, its caselaw, and its academic treatment than are most professors of constitutional law.

The Second Amendment Foundation's Journal on Firearms and Public Policy is available on-line in HTML format at (with the latest three issues being available in PDF format at

March 17, 2005, 11:11 AM
I wrote one for a speech course, aced it and the course.I got alot of information at the library,here in some of the forms from various opinions,..and just my own experience in trends including those opinions expressed by anti-gunners and the flawed logic was heavily biased towards no more gun control and even the 2 antigunners in the class bought it.

go to the search function of this site and type in key words and see what that gets many minutes does it have to be?

Mad Man
March 17, 2005, 11:35 AM

March 17, 2005, 06:23 PM

How's it going man? I'm getting ready to start my pursuasive speech for my speech class also! I was thinking of doing the same subject! That is hilarious. Do you have the Thinkwell books? My class is online w/the exception of actually giving the speeches which are taped in a group. I have not decided on whether I was going to do a speech on this particular subject. Mostly because I have been taking care of other classwork.

How far have you gotten to this point? What are the parameters for the speech?

P5 Guy
March 17, 2005, 06:51 PM
JPFO Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. There isn't another group I know of that has first hand experience with being disarmed.

March 24, 2005, 05:02 PM
Thanks so much for all the help everyone.
You guys are awesome

Myrockfight - The perameters for my speech are pretty broad. Just a persuasive speech for five to six minutes. Preferably one on a question of policy. I have the rough draft for my outline done, and i need to start molding and editing it now. I don't have any of the Thinkwell books, but I will look into them now.

everyone - All the links have been a great help for my speech.
Thanks again

March 24, 2005, 05:10 PM
Snark, email sent with 6 word documents attached.

March 24, 2005, 05:10 PM
Here's an excellent site.

March 24, 2005, 08:19 PM
I'll see what I can find in my old bib. I did a persuasive speech on the AWB, but some of the authors I pulled info from spoke on other gun topics as well.

March 24, 2005, 08:29 PM

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