POLICY BRIEFS INSTRUCTIONS
For Modules/Weeks 3–7, you are expected to submit a 1 1/2–2-page paper (not including the title page, abstract, and reference page) in current APA format in which the May-Can-Should model is applied in the context of the policy focus in the assigned module/week. Be certain to emphasize a focused analysis of a particular issue chosen from the broader policy concentration for the assigned module/week. You must include citations from:
1. all of the required reading and presentations from the assigned module/week
2. all relevant sources from Modules/Weeks 1–2 (especially the “Biblical Principles of Government” article), and
3. 3–5 outside sources. NOTE: These sources should be focused on the problem and the piece of legislation, and you may find that you need more than just 3-5 sources to adequately research and discuss these items.
4. Please feel free to use the following link for the purposes of additional research.
Students often struggle with keeping the analysis needed for these policy briefs to just 2 pages of content at most (not counting the title page and references), and it can be hard to see past one’s choice of wording to discover that there are indeed many ways to say the same thing with less words. Attached are “before and after” samples of the same policy brief; the first was too long and includes edits of how to shorten it, and the second shows the finished product at 2 pages. Review these before writing your first policy brief.
NOTE: the sample briefs are not perfect in every respect in terms of following the “May-Can-Should” analysis. It is mean to show you how to be more concise in communicating ideas.
To maintain and protect the rights and freedom of different parties in the country, there is the need for a country through its legislative arm of the government to design and implement public policies that help to maintain peace and integration in the society. Public policies largely comprise of law, rules, and regulations that govern the action taken regarding a class of issue, in a manner consistent with the laws of a country. One of the most popular public policy in the united state is the gun laws which seek to control the sale, ownership, and use of guns and ammunition in the country (Ehrenberg & Smith, 2018). Research shows that over forty states in the country have a constitutional provision that protects the right to keep and bear guns in the country.
Notably, gun laws in the USA vary from one state to another, depending on the state constitution. Some states and localities feel that individuals can own private guns, but he she should obtain a license or permit them to purchase and possess guns. In other localities, it is the provision of the law that individuals can only posses guns after they register with the police or with any other law enforcement agency in the country. According to most states, citizens may carry an unconcealed firearm on one’s self or in the vehicle. These gun laws go on to say that ordinary Americans should and can use deadly force in self-defense in particular circumstances and situations, without a duty to flee or retreat if possible (Braga & Hureau, 2015). Despite the best efforts of the United States government to control the possession and use of firearms in the country, it is increasingly becoming impossible to control how they are used which in turn increases criminal activities in the country.
Braga, A. A., & Hureau, D. M. (2015). Strong gun laws are not enough: The need for improved enforcement of secondhand gun transfer laws in Massachusetts. Preventive Medicine, 79, 37-42. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.05.018
Ehrenberg, R. G., & Smith, R. S. (2018). Modern labor economics: Theory and public policy. London: Routledge.