(Elkiman 242) Young people turning to crime is result of a combination a bravado, hopelessness, access to firepower, and the allures of the drug market." (Elikann 241) What are the actions that society, and or the government, should take to keep our country's young from turning to crime or being victims of crime themselves? In the past few years there has been many Americans who have come to believe that juveniles who commit terrible crimes should be tried as adults and sentenced accordingly. That swift and prompt punishment is the solution to turning young people from a life of crime. Previously, society thought we could rehabilitate juveniles and turn them away from a life of crime.
These juveniles deserve the punishment which is thrown at them, they do not deserve an opportunity to get away with it and be happy, while the victim and or family is left to suffer. Think of it this way, your 14 year old son was murdered by two other 14 year old boys because your son would not let them borrow his homework. Yeah, tables changed now have they not? Adulthood can not be defined by a number, it should be based upon actions the individual takes. Juveniles should most definitely be tried as adults regardless of the age, the crime committed speaks for itself.
Does this mean that we should throw out the death penalty because people, who did not really deserve to die, were killed? No, we have changed the laws, and no one gets the death penalty unless they deserve to die. Capital punishment should stay around. Yes, there are some maldistributions on the way it is opposed on a person, but those maldistributions are imposed on guilty people. Capital punishment is feared by potential murderers because once it is ordered on them they are not coming back.
Juveniles should be charged as adults Imagine a world full of criminals; every day a robbery and innocent people fearing for their lives, now imagine what you think the criminals would look like, older people? No, these criminals are juveniles. If we don’t try these juveniles as adults and charge them with adult sentences this is what will surely happen. We, the U.S., must try juveniles as adults, certainly, it may be cruel and they may be treated as teens when the discussion is alcohol and other things, but if they don’t get tried and sentenced as adults, the U.S. will become a land of criminals in a blink of an eye. There are even some positives for trying them as adults.
There have been many, many times where an adolescent has caused such pain and sadness, just to be let off with a slap on the wrist. I’m talking about murder here, accidental or otherwise, murder is murder no matter who or how old you are, and the fact they they practically get away with it because of their ages disgusts me. According to the justice department, about 10% of the homicides in the United States are committed by juveniles under 18. Want to see just how serious it gets? Every year the FBI has to arrest more than 33,000 juveniles under 18 for various crimes, according to Huma Khan at http://Abcnews.com.
“Violence breeds violence; repression breeds retaliation; and only a cleaning of our whole society can remove this sickness from our souls.” said Colorado State Senate President John Morse as he quoted Robert F. Kennedy in a senate chamber filled with tension. Not unlike, Robert Kennedy, Morse stood up for what thought was right, he made a conscientious decision that cost him his political career. He decided to take a stance at a time when the nation was mourning the Aurora shootings in which James Holmes, shot and killed twelve people while injuring seventy others. Morse was petitioning to have a bill passed in the Colorado state legislature that would make gun manufactures and private sellers legally liable for the deaths of innocent people such as the victims of the Aurora shooting (Tomisic and Fields). He decided to take a stance at a time when the nation was mourning those who were killed and injured in that shooting.
I am writing to express my concern of the injustice of Trayvon Martin and would like to appeal about the decision of the jury after acquitting the neighborhood watch (George Zimmerman) who murdered an unarmed teenager after claiming it was an act of defense, but i will argue against this and prove that this was a murder case and not an act of self defense. First, I would like to bring to your attention that George Zimmerman was found not Guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin under the 'Stand your ground law' This law which is placed gives individuals the right to use deadly force to defend themselves without having to retreat from a dangerous situation However, When Zimmerman called 911 and explained to the police department about the suspicious of Trayvon Martin the police officer informed him not to follow yet Zimmerman continue to follow him after the dispatcher told him there was no need to do so Surely if George Zimmerman after calling a dispatch unit because he felt unsafe why did he feel the need to then follow the young teenager he is now inserting himself into what he declared to be a dangerous situation Knowing full well that he was armed, Zimmerman followed Trayvon in his car AND on foot meaning he left his car making the decision to bring his gun in order to pursue and confront someone Here you can see he was clearly wanting trouble. he was ordered not to follow him. But he did so therefore he has no right to claim self-defense. He was asking for a fight and he got one, with a kid he thought to be dangerous.
Together, the Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook school shootings resulted in seventy-seven deaths. Gun related school violence continues to occur and has become more frequent in the recent years. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed one teacher and twelve students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on April 20th, 1999. In the shooting, they injured twenty other students before they turned their guns on themselves. Columbine, one of the first school shootings, caused a progression of gun-related violence in schools.
Lanza killed twenty children and also killed six teachers. After killing the most people, he thought that he could, he took a fatal shot to the head that he caused by himself. The second most recent school shooting that was all over the media was in April of 2007. This shooting took place at Virginia technical institute. A senior, Seung-Hui Cho, walked onto campus with sinister intentions.
The issues around assault weapons really became a primary focus after the mass shooting in Stockton, California. In January 17, 1989 a man named Patrick Purdy armed with an AK-47 assault type weapon, walked onto a school yard and start shooting. He fired over 100 rounds in less than three minutes. He killed five children, wounded thirty others, and then turned the gun on himself and killed himself. This even shocked so many Americans and put the United States in a state of frenzy.