Teens and Guns
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The paper discusses the argument that the strikingly high crime, homicide and suicide rates among teens is because they have guns, and the counter-argument that guns are not the leading killer among teens, and that what Americans should focus on is teaching their children how to be responsible. The paper relates that a combination of prevention, intervention and suppression strategies have been implemented in communities across the United States, but asserts that it is absolutely imperative that these programs be based in sound theory and work closely with the juvenile justice system. The paper concludes with the personal view that if we want to decrease the number of casualties, especially in regards to teenagers, the carrying of handguns should be banned.
From the Paper:"When discussing the topic of guns and youth, the matter is always one of opinion and controversy. The difference of opinions can be quite staggering. In regards to this, there are four primary problem areas in which law enforcement plays a critical role: juvenile gun violence; the combination of youth, guns, and drugs; the link between drugs and delinquency; and youth gangs. A recent trend analysis of juvenile homicide offenses shows that since the mid-1970s, the number of homicides in which no firearm was involved has remained fairly constant. However, homicides by juveniles involving a firearm have increased nearly threefold. "In addition, during this same period, the number of juvenile arrests for weapons violations increased 117 percent." ("Reduce", n.d.)."
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