Summarizing Current Issues: Gun Violence

This series of resources gives you library-purchased and librarian-approved resources to delve deeper into a subject currently in the news. Each page centers around one topic and contains places in our databases, on the web, or, sometimes, in our book collections, where you can go to get credible, authoritative information and viewpoints from multiple perspectives on the issue. If you would like a page created on a particular subject, please do not hesitate to contact Nicolette Sosulski by email at

Online Research
• Opposing Viewpoints in Context: Our Database on current and controversial topics
Go to the library website at, then Online Resources,
then A to Z, then scroll down to Opposing Viewpoints. You can log in with your Portage District Library card.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context supports virtually any curricular need. Its informed, differing views present each side of an issue and viewpoint pages bring balance and perspective to every controversy using targeted arguments from recognized subject-matter experts and top journalistic sources.

• Access World News from Newsbank (Including Kalamazoo Gazette): Our premium news database, which also contains special reports on trending topics.
Go to the library website at , then Online Resources, then A to Z, then scroll down to Access World News. You can log in with your Portage District Library card.
You will want to look on the left, for special reports in the news. This website is a nonpartisan, 501©(3) nonprofit public charity whose mission is promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format. It has won several prizes, including Pulitzers, and On May 30, 2012, the Library of Congress (LOC) announced that it was going to archive for having “materials of historical importance to the Congress and the American people to foster education and scholarship.” PolitiFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times and its partners to help you find the truth in politics.Every day, reporters and researchers from PolitiFact and its partner news organization examine statements by members of Congress, state legislators, governors, mayors, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, people who testify before Congress and anyone else who speaks up in American politics. They research their statements and then rate the accuracy on the Truth-O-Meter – True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False and False. The most ridiculous falsehoods get the lowest rating, Pants on Fire.

Enough : Our Fight to keep America Safe from Gun Violence
Giffords, Gabrielle D.
Call Number 363.309 GI Adult Nonfiction

Control : Exposing the Truth about Guns
Beck, Glenn.
Call Number 363.3309 BE Adult Nonfiction

Future of the Gun
Miniter, Frank.
Call Number 363.33 MI New Nonfiction

How Can School Violence be Prevented?
Barbour, Scott.
Call Number 371.7 HO Youth Nonfiction

Living with Guns : a Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment
Whitney, Craig R.
Call Number 323.43 WH Adult Nonfiction

The Second Amendment: a Biography
Waldman, Michael.
Call Number 344.7305 WA New Nonfiction

Guns in American Society: an Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law Carter, Gregg Lee.
Call Number 363.3309 GU Adult Nonfiction

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