Here are some ideas for you.
Most reporters have zero understanding of firearms and what constitutes "powerful." Every story begins, the perp used a "high powered rifle" to refer to 5.56. Your deer rifle is dramatically more powerful than most any 5.56 rounds. Might want to discuss the science of ballistics/"power" and where the 5.56 fits in. Might be interesting to note some of the laws of other states than require at least 6mm/243 as the minimum acceptable "power" for hunting deer. If a 5.56 rifle can be banned because it is "too powerful," what happens to deer rifles?
For a starting point on citizens' rights under the Second Amendment, look at the District of Columbia v. Heller opinion, and McDonald v. City of Chicago.
Here is a link to the blog of the Supreme Court where it is posted for the public.http://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/07-290.pdf
The right exists to keep power in citizens hands sufficient to prevent an authoritarian government. The Second Amendment has nothing to do with duck hunting.
The British citizens living in the colonies in the 1770's owned, and built, the cutting edge rifle technology of the time, superior to the weapons of the British Army. The colonists, revolutionaries in our eyes and terrorist criminals in the government's eye, had rifles that could shoot farther and more accurately than the rifles of the British Army. There is a lesson in there and plenty of online resources for some interesting reading.
The FBI Crime Statistics are a wealth of objective information about which weapons are used in homicides. It is far different than the mass media would have you believe.
I am going to leave it to you to do the analysis and thinking for your assignment, but look at the break down of weapons used in homicides.
Here's a link:https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/cr...de-data-table-8
For the last year the data is reported, rifles of all types considered together were used in 323 in homicides. In comparison, knives were used in 1,694. Even fists and hands were used more than twice as often - 728 - more than double the number.
Another thing to consider is where does this rank in with the causes of death the in the United States.
Here is a starting point for some data for comparison: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htmhttp://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/lcwk9_2013.pdf
What grade are you in Chital? Impressed you are tackling such a topic.
Good luck with your paper, lots of interesting things to consider with that subject.