Chicago Gun Violence

Chicago Gun Violence

In the article above, it focuses on more reasons as to why it is essential that we control the amount of guns on our streets and in the hands of our youth. This is a major problem that not everyone is taking serious. Individuals have to realize that the world is larger than one’s backyard and just because you may not see the violence happening close to home, it’s still happening and effecting you in one way or another.

According the the redline project, in the first eight weeks of 2013, there were 52 homicides, with 15 victims between the ages of 13 and 19, according to a RedEye analysis of preliminary crime data. “Last year there were 443 murders with a firearm on the streets of this city, and 65 of those victims were 18 and under,” President Obama said. “So that’s the equivalent of a Newtown every four months.”

Those statistics are scary. This raises questions like, how are teenagers under the age of 18 retrieving guns? Why do they know how to operate some of this machinery? Of those who didn’t die, how many were wounded? Are these kids bringing the guns into the classroom? Are they even in school? These are serious issues and the questions can continue and continue to add up, but for now we have no answers other than gun laws need to be more efficient. It’s one thing when violence takes place, but when there are teenagers and children involved, it always makes the matter a little deeper.

The purpose of the selection for this article was to show that the issue is real, and its a major problem in the most powerful country in the World. Statistics like these are reasons why gun laws need to be more efficient and why we need to ensure that guns are out of the hands in teens. It is simply a ripple effect, one group of guys has one so the next group of guys feels as though they need one to protect themselves and it just continues on.

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The Problem of Gun Violence

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Criminal use of guns affect millions of Americans each year.  Gun violence imposes a heavy burden on our standard of living, not only on groups that have the highest victimization rates, but also on the community at large.  Although the overall rate of gun violence has decreased the rate of teens committing and being victimized by the violence has increased.  According to popcenter.org  between 1984 and 1994, juvenile (younger than 18) homicides committed with handguns increased by 418 percent, and juvenile homicides committed with other guns increased by 125 percent.  These numbers are very frightening teens are senselessly losing there lives year in and year due to gun violence.  Minority groups as of the 1990s in urban neighborhoods seem to be affected the most by this trend.  The biggest question is why are these crimes happening.  There is no real answer for why this is but some factors may include previous activities , actively engaged in gangs, and geographic and temporal distribution.

Many youth offenders of gun violence tend to have  a previous record. Youth gun violence is concentrated among serious offenders well known to police and other criminal justice agencies. The offenders tend to have been involved in wide variety of crimes, including armed violent offenses, disorder offenses, and drug offenses. The offenders of Gun violence also tend to be affiliated with gangs but not necessarily in one.  Access to the gangs lead to higher availability of guns and because of geographic placement often times these factors are hard to avoid for young teens.

How can we change this?  More community involvement from people in the community could be a means for steering teens away from violence. Giving teens something to be involved with aside from extracurricular offered in schools can greatly decrease violence among teens. Studies show that when organizations like “boys and girl club” are in an area the concentration of violent crimes among teens is decreased.

Obama Believe in Change

Remarks by President Obama on Gun Violence

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/29/us/remarks-by-president-obama-on-gun-violence.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

On March 28th 2013, President Barack Obama gave his remarks on the upcoming voting status of the Gun Violence Bill he is trying to pass this year.  The conversation begins with a normal citizen giving her life story as to how she lost a student to the Virginia Tech shootings that took place.  After addressing other shootings such as Sandy that occurred this year, she invites president Obama to speak.

Obama opens up by speaking about how unfortunately; the teen that lost her life at Virginia tech was not the only one.  The pain families feel never really goes away and sticks with you until you are ready to move on and accept what occurred.  Obama, who also has two kids of his own, empathizes with those who have lost children and want to increase the gun laws that the US has placed on people.  Obama is attempting to do so thorough congress where they will hopefully pass the bill.  I think besides Obama being elected, this would mean a lot to the black community because so many families have been destroyed and taken away because of them.  Obama’s suggestion was that we increase the amount of background checks we run on buyers.  So many guns have been victims of teens buying guns because there was a lack of information on the buyer? Many buyers have and these are in most cases, the people using these items for harm.

I think Obama’s speech brings up a good point about our topic of gun violence.  He expresses that the time for action is now and that we should not continue to watch another shooting where lives are lost to want to do something.  Another great point brought up with this article is the credibility when determining if gun violence is an issue or not.  You could hear from your friends and families that guns are becoming an issue, but then the message changes when Obama, the President of the United States makes that same statement.  It goes from being a joke, to a harm or danger to not be afraid of and an issue which this team feels strongly your degree.

Risk of Guns

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On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members in a mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the village of  Sandy Hook in Newtown Connecticut. Since then gun control and gun violence has become one of the most debated controversies in the political sphere.  To us the solution is quite simple, if you want to stop gun violence you have to have gun control.  However,  many Americans disagree with gun control often with the illusion that guns bring about safety and without them they are vulnerable.  On the other hand, the facts tell a completely different  tale.

According to an article written on Propublica.org  recently, the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) has resumed doing research on Gun violence; research of which was halted in late 1996 due to the stoppage of funding.  In the study the CDC themselves questions such as: what is the problem? Who were the victims? Who was killed? What are the causes? What are the things that increase one’s risk of being shot? and What works to prevent these? What kinds of policies, what kinds of interventions, what kinds of police practices or medical practices or education and school practices actually might prevent some of these shootings?  What the study found was that having a firearm in your home does not protect you, but it largely increased the risk that someone in your family would die from a firearm homicide. It increased the risk almost 300 percent, almost three times as high. It also showed that the risk that someone in your home would commit suicide went up. It went up five-fold if you had a gun in the home. These figures would indicate that the fear of being vulnerable among most Americans is displaced and the reality is that guns increase the threat inside the home.

Georgia & Gun Laws

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Due to gun violence and several massacres contributed to guns many states are finding ways to instill heavier restrictions on their guns laws. States see that they can play a major role in lowering the distribution of guns to the wrong people. The people who have been repetitive offenders in the recent massacres were diagnosed with a mental illness. With this fact known it would make sense to put heavier limitation on the access of guns to the mentally ill. Georgia, on the hand, seems to not have this same mindset.

The officials in Georgia voted 117-56 to allow people who have voluntarily sought medical attention for a mental illness or substance abuse to be able to get a license to carry a weapon. The article on ap.org also states that Georgia is seeking to allow people to carry weapons in churches, bars and college campuses. In their defense for allowing people who have checked themselves into the hospital, the bill sponsor, Rep. Rick Jasperse states, “Simply being hospitalized doesn’t make a person a criminal or a threat”. Although this statement can be true with the recent gun violence events continuous occurring, gun control should be monitored with proper precautions, especially with those who have known mental illness.

Allowing people to carry weapons with them in churches, bars and college campus can be extremely dangerous. Those three places are where people’s emotions tend to heighten especially when alcohol is involved. Alcohol is known to decrease a person ability to rationally think or respond in any situations. Permitting guns in a place where people are known to act irrationally is simply stupid. College campus and school institutions in generals have been a targeted for mentally disturbed people to lash out. Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook are recent school institutions where massacres took place. Georgia should reevaluate their new laws and ideas on gun control. They should reflect on events where gun violence was involved and try to come up with way to prevent these types of actions from happening

References
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ga-debates-relaxing-gun-laws-mentally-ill