• U.S. Gun Control and the Ghost Gun – Listening Exercise

    So, chances are if you don’t live in the U.S., and have heard something about our gun control laws, you probably are a little shocked by them, and maybe even think they’re a bit crazy.

    The second amendment of our constitution states: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    The important part, in the gun control debate, is “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms.” Arms, in this case refers to firearms, or guns.

    According to a 2007 report by the Switzerland-based Small Arms Survey, the U.S., with only 5 percent of the world’s population, has 35 to 50 percent of the world’s civilian-owned firearms.

    There is a lot of debate about firearms and gun control in the U.S., and the debate continually grows more complicated and, in some ways, more interesting. “Ghost guns”¬†that can be built by civilians using parts ordered online, do not have to be registered with the federal government, and can include powerful weapons such as the AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, have just added to the controversy. Watch the video below about ghost guns, and see if you can answer our listening questions.

    1. What is different about this gun?
    2. How does the ghost gun avoid U.S. gun laws?
    3. What 3 ways does he try to make a gun? What works and what doesn’t?
    4. What is different about the ghost gunner?
    5. What can’t he do with the rifle he makes?
    6. What does he do with it when he finishes?
    7. What do you think about this? How do you think it will change the U.S. and the world?


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