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Bell Ringer: History of Ballistics and Firearm Marketing

History of Ballistics and Firearm Marketing

Phil Klay, an Iraq war veteran and the author of Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War, talked about the history of ballistics and firearm marketing in the United States.

Description

Phil Klay, an Iraq war veteran and the author of Uncertain Ground: Citizenship in an Age of Endless, Invisible War, talked about the history of ballistics and firearm marketing in the United States.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • How does Phil Klay describe the story of "America's first convicted murderer?"
  • How did John Billington's weaponry compare to firearms today?
  • What did Klay find in the 1962 U.S. Army report referenced in the clip? Summarize his commentary.
  • According to Klay, why did firearm marketing change throughout the 1800s? What role did Samuel Colt have in this shift?
  • What happened to "American ideals" after the Civil War?
  • Based on the clip, what conditions and trends have impacted gun sales since the 1980s?
  • According to Klay, what questions should society ask about guns?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Abraham Lincoln
    • Ballistics
    • Barack Obama
    • Civil War
    • Civilian
    • Firearm
    • Immigration
    • James Madison
    • John Billington
    • Mayflower
    • Samuel Colt
    • Surgeon General
    • War On Terror

    Topics

    Gun Rights & Firearm LegislationU.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity