|The Debate on Campus Carry
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|Description / paper instructions
The instructions for this paper are under the attachment called:
“Final draft instructions”
First Draft (Part 3)
This is the first draft of your Senior Thesis/Project; it should be written utilizing APA 6th edition style. You will submit this portion of the assignment in the appropriate Bb dropbox. It should be submitted as a word document. I expect the first draft to have errors and need additional work and refinement before you submit your final draft. However, this document should be complete. Meaning it should include the following items:
Some notes about this project: If you are doing a Thesis, you are writing a paper about a topic you will study using the outline described above. If you are doing a project, I would expect that your report will still be similar to the above but you will have actually conducted an interdisciplinary project. In other words, the Thesis is more conceptual and the Project is more applied. You may want to schedule a meeting with me about this earlier on the semester.
What do I submit if I am choosing to do the project?
It depends on what kind of project you are doing. My expectation is that you will submit both evidence of project completion and a report outlining the interdisciplinary nature of the project. The report should include as a minimum:
What you will notice is missing from the above outline is #5 your interdisciplinary research. Again, the project is applied so I expect your project to be this section of what the thesis is.
Other students have submitted websites they constructed that addressed an interdisciplinary problem, books they have written, business applications, and interdisciplinary artistic representations.
Proposal Preparation (Part 2)
1.The title I chose for my topic is “The Debate on Campus Carry”. I chose this title because I believe it gets right to the point of my topic and gives a brief but detailed description about what I am explaining.
I am going to look at what the issues are with campus carry and relate them back to my three disciplines. In my opinion campus carry is a topic as college students we should all be well informed and interested in. Campus carry has multiple different view points and opinions so it is important to be aware of each of those. Also it is something that can effect our everyday lives. I plan on investigating this issue by looking at many different point of views from the sources I am reading. I also plan doing extensive research to be able to fully grasp the information on this topic. In my opinion, I think this is a topic majority of college students should care about because it does effect us and how learning process. It is also important as a college student to be familiar with the rules of campus carry if you plan to participate in it.
The question of whether the introduction of campus carry is in the best interest of public safety and security as well as economy has led to more questions about who is actually in charge – the government or corporations. In“Lethal but Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health”,Freudenberg argues that governments are abdicating their responsibilities of public protection by reducing their oversight of business, privatizing key services, weakening regulations, and making individuals more responsible (2014). Such a situation where the government is withdrawing leaving a vacuum is usually filled by corporations’ and business interests. As gun sales are rising, there is a great impact on both sides of the debate. It is true that the majority of the population consists of good people that carry guns for legitimate reasons of protection and security. With unpredictable implications and inconclusive effects of campus carry, some are calling for a ban of guns on college campuses arguing that their presence increases the risk of violence. At the same time, others are arguing that violence and mass shootings have only increased in gun free zones. Therefore, the presence of weapons by those who are trained to use them will provide additional safety for the innocent.
The article “The Militarization of the U.S. Civilian Firearms Market” talks about how the gun industry has gone to great lengths to protect the gun market that employs thousands of people around the nation. Making military grade weapons to citizens helps the gun industry to retain a wider customer base in the view of creating jobs, which is clearly a question of morality and discipline.
The article “Student Development Theory in the Campus Gun Debate” explains the importance of formal rules and the standards of the problem of campus carry. It states that there is hope to adopt strict rules and regulations for carrying weapons on campus safely. The article allows us to view campus carry from a public safety and security perspective, which is very important in the research.
The article “HR: Specialist Texas Employment Law”gives a background on how public safety and security and gun laws go hand in hand. It emphasizes that guns are not permitted in places such as hospitals, amusement parks, churches, government building, and nursing homes. The article also states that private colleges and universities may choose not to allow the campus carry laws that have been in effect since 1 January, 2016.
The article “Mental Illness, Mass Shootings and the Politics of American Firearms” shows how the gun debate across the nation relates to campus carry. It talks about the failures of the system and the existing gun laws in curbing violence. Cases of mass shooting in schools, universities, and even military bases are discussed in the article in relation to politics. It shows the hard challenge faced by politicians and institutions on how to limit guns ownership among the people who are not mentally stable to carry them, at the same time making them available to others in the view of stopping a shooter; there should be a delicate balance that has proved hard to strike.