The Effectiveness of Legislation to Prevent Gun Violence in America

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In the world the rate of firearm deaths for American youth is one of the highest. The need for effective gun violence programs and policies are in place to reduce the current trend of events. The government followed by the American community has made changes since the 1980s to the justice system over gun control procedures and policies to protect the youth from gun violence as both victims and offenders. With so many reforms in the recent years and rise in juvenile gun violence are we taking the right path to solve the issue? The American juvenile justice system has become a tougher style of justice. Has the development of our system become more effective or are young people not being well served and communities going unprotected? Recent gun violence within our youth community has stunned if not traumatized our nation. With our communities calling out for quick and effective changes to American polices. The U.S. Department of Justice reports increasing gun violence in the last 30 years in our youth communities. Around 38,000 juveniles were murdered in the United States between 1980 and 1997. Homicides quadrupled between 1984 and 1994 (Butts & Coggeshall, 2002). Arrest rates for weapon offenses doubled for juveniles between 1987 and 1993. Increases in homicides in the 1980’s and 1990’s for juveniles were due to the use of firearms. Youth suicide with firearms increased 39 percent between 1980 and 1994 (Butts & Coggeshall, 2002). Inspired by these events in our youth communities the government at every level began revamping and changing laws to curb the current trend in gun violence. Across the country new policies were introduced to combat juvenile gun violence. Such as school violence prevention, community based education and... ... middle of paper ... ... and 1990’s. We are quick not to return to the time where the American community was vulnerable to such waves of violence. With proper development of our justice system and community awareness we can continue are fight against juvenile crime and progress to a safer state. While our communities are not riddled with youthful violence from the 1980’s and 1990’s there are still issues at large. With recent shootings at schools, malls, and neighborhoods that require attention and action from the federal government to maintain a safer culture for are youth to strive in. General restrictions, gun licensing, parental responsibility, enhanced penalties have all been implemented to deter gun crimes in are youth community. With continued effort America can continue to enhance and implement new possibilities of control to help maintain a safer nation and juvenile population.

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