PAD 520 week 4 discussion 1 classmate

Examine Box 3.0 – Conducting a Stakeholder Analysis. Choose one (1) policy issue in the U.S. and generate a list of at least five (5) stakeholders who affect or are affected by problems in the issue area. Next, apply the procedures for a stakeholder analysis. Note: Refer to page 111 in the text for a step-by-step process.

From the e-Activity, provide at least two examples from the article and from your own experience of ways that worldviews, ideologies, and popular myths may have shaped the formulation of a specific problem or issue. Provide the source(s) of the paper or report you selected.

Serious discussion of gun control has taken 2 basic approaches in the United States these are the criminological and the legal. Criminologists have asked whether various gun controls would reduce gun crime and other gun misuse, or whether restrictive gun control laws would deprive innocent victims of an efficacious means of self-defense. Legal scholars of gun control have studied whether the right to arms guarantees in the federal constitution and most state constitutions pose legal barriers to restrictions or gun confiscation. In some cases, gun control may be favored even if the price is more death. One myth that many may argue is the saying “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people”. Since 2013, there have been several cases where CHILDREN are the ones doing the killing. The BBC originally reported on this incident in 2009 when, in the span of 24 hours, two children were shot by their toddler siblings. In both cases, the deaths were a result of improperly secured weapons. A New York Times’ piece added to the debate showing that, due to idiosyncrasies over what constitutes a ‘homicide’ or an ‘accident’, child firearm accidental killings happen approximately twice as much as they are reported in national databases (Kopel, 2015).

These deaths, quite obviously, could have been avoided had any adult, at any point in time, exercised even a little of caution concerning the availability of their firearm. Our anger towards these deaths should be comparative to how senseless they are; how utterly avoidable they were.  We put child-locks on our medicine cabinets, secure our pools with gates, put on helmets during bike rides, and we give our 12-year-old boys a rifle to play with in the backseat of a truck. After all, the only way to stop a bad child with a gun is a good child with a gun. Sometimes a myth denies that there is any conflict or contradiction in the world. Sometimes it accepts but explains conflicts, contradictions, and the suffering they cause. Sometimes it offers no enlightenment at all but gives a controlling sense that life is good and worthwhile despite the conflicts, the contradictions, and the suffering (Kopel, 2015).

Another myth that is widely talked about today would be the Obama Care myths. Obama Care Myth: The Majority of Americans Want to Repeal Obama Care; A common Obama Care myth is that the majority of Americans want to see the law repealed. What polls really show is that many Americans don’t understand what the Affordable Care Act does, in many cases those who say they “don’t approve of Obama Care” show overwhelming support when polled on the actual provisions contained in the law. Since the law contains hundreds of provisions, a full support or full repeal stance usually stems from Media influence or one’s association of the law with the President or the Democratic Party rather than research.


Dunn, W. N. (2012). Public policy analysis: An introduction (5th ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.


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