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Debate: Does the Right to Bear Arms Extend Beyond Home?

Although Americans can keep guns in their homes for self-protection, in several states they are not permitted to carry guns outside their homes without special permission. The U.S. Supreme Court is now considering whether that restriction violates the constitution. Gun rights groups argue that states should not unnecessarily restrict the right, enshrined in the Second Amendment, to own and carry guns. Gun control groups counter that placing reasonable restrictions on guns is necessary for public safety, especially in light of recent school shootings and other gun-related violence. Listen to learn more about the controversy over gun carry laws and then debate: Does the right to bear arms extend beyond home?


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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