Article Title:Background-check denials rise for would-be handgun buyers
Section:NW Sunday, B1
Initiative 591 would take away Washington State’s authority to enact
background-check laws beyond the federal requirements, and would declare that
guns cannot be seized by the government without
Please look up the definition of due process and use in a sentence,
using your own words.
increasing number of Washingtonians who fail ___________________________ while trying to buy a gun have been seeking handguns,
according to a decade of government data.
nearly ____ percent of the _________ background-check denials in the state
resulted from people trying to buy handguns rather than long guns such as rifles
would-be handgun buyers made up only ____ percent of all denials, and their
overall share has risen steadily ever since, according to the FBI data.
4.When are background
checks required to purchase a gun in Washington State?
of background checks in Washington State is dominating the autumn campaign
season with two competing measures. Describe Initiative 594 & 591 using your own
6.How much has been spent
on these campaigns?
7.Which Initiative is
receiving the most support?
each year are still related to people trying to buy _______________.
the background checks?What other
screening do potential buyers have to go through?
those who failed background checks for any type of gun have done so because they
had been what? Last year, ______________ people in Washington were denied a gun
for that reason.
more than 42,000 Washingtonians have failed a gun-purchase background check.
Class Discussion Questions and Essay Prompts:
·Does your family own a gun?If yes, why?
·What is your opinion on Initiative 594 & 591?Do you agree or disagree with them? Why or why not?
Ralph Fascitelli, board president of Seattle-based advocacy organization
Washington CeaseFire, said he didn’t know why handguns would make up an
increasing share of all background-check denials.“I’d be a little bit puzzled on that one,” he said.
Allison Anderman, a staff attorney with the San Francisco-based Law
Center to Prevent Gun Violence, also couldn’t explain the trend.
“Our best guess is that more people are buying (and trying to buy)
handguns instead of long guns for self-defense rather than hunting,” Anderman
wrote in an email.
·Do you believe more people are buying guns to
protect themselves?Why or why not?
The next-biggest group of denials in 2013 consisted of people convicted
of domestic- violence misdemeanor crimes or who had restraining or protection
orders against them related to domestic violence. Some of those 1,433 denials
were under federal law; others were denied under a broader state law for
domestic-violence crimes, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Other people failed background checks in 2013 because they were fugitives
(374), had been convicted of certain drug crimes (243), had been committed to an
institution for mental illness (212), were in the U.S. illegally (44) or were
dishonorably discharged from the military (six).
Since 1998, four people in Washington State have been denied a gun
because they had renounced their U.S. citizenship.
·Were you surprised by these statistics of those who
were denied guns?Is it important
that people with unstable backgrounds don’t have access to firearms?Why or why not?
But the initiative’s opponents have argued that the language of I-594 is
so strict that it would criminalize gun owners who lend firearms to one another
for short periods of time, such as during a firearms-safety course or when
shooting guns in a backyard.
·Should people be “lending” their firearms out?Why or why not?
·Do you think there should be policy in place to
deter this situation?
What is your stance on gun ownership?Should people have the right to own a gun?Under what circumstances?
Do you believe background checks and other screenings should be
mandatory?Why or why not?Who should or shouldn’t be allowed to own a gun?
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How the United States government interacts with the world affects people across
the globe.Analyze and evaluate the
causes and effects of US foreign policy on people in the United States and
across the world.
Using The Seattle Times e-edition, find an article from this week that deals
with world politics or foreign policy.
What are the main points of view from someone living in that particular country?How is that “view” similar and different than your own opinion, regarding
the specific issue the article is discussing?
·Why is it important to
study and learn about foreign policy?How does it help you understand the world we live in, using current
issues and events?
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