Discussing Controversial Topics – The Second Amendment eLesson

This summer several mass shootings occurred in the United States.  In July, a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and wounding 58.  In early August, six were killed and three were injured at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In late August, a shooter opened fire in front of the Empire State Building, and in their attempts to stop him, police may have shot and wounded 9 bystanders.  After these tragic events, the debate regarding the interpretation of the Second Amendment has again come into the national spotlight.  With impending elections in November, local, state, and national government officials and organizations have contributed to the dialogue.  Use this activity to discuss this controversial issue with your students.

See the complete eLesson on Discussing Controversial Topics – The Second Amendment.  The lesson plan includes links to primary sources, news sources, and Supreme Court decisions, lesson and extension activities, and an answer key.



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