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Tighten Gun Control and End the Shed of Young Innocent Blood On December 6 1999 a thirteen-year-old boy at Fort Gibson Middle School in Oklahoma wounded five classmates The seventh grader fired randomly with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun at unsuspecting students outside waiting for the morning bell I dont know was the response he gave authorities when asked why he fired and injured his fellow classmates Yardley 1 Even more alarming was the horrid incident about a year ago back on April 20 two teens Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold entered Columbine High School and gunned down twelve students and a teacher also wounding twenty-three others Drummond 8 These incidents of school violence shock and appall us especially considering these were the latest of a series of violent attacks murders by adolescents at school Between 1992 and 1998 totally excluding the violent outbreak in 1999 225 school related violent deaths were reported Marlin 169 If this problem is not solved Americas death toll of children will only increase Schools must realize that beefing up security is not the solution the one child not focused on will be the one to bring in the pistols and handguns Americas educational facilities would not have to look like military bases if all teachers and parents stopped the problem at its root We must fight adamantly for stricter gun control so that these deadly weapons never infiltrate our precious childrens lives To fully understand the problem we must first review the history of violence in schools In a study in 1940 public school teachers were asked to rank the top seven disciplinary problems Some of their top seven included talking out of turn chewing gum cutting in line and running in the halls Fifty years later in 1990 the same question was asked of our public school teachers their responses included robbery rape assault and vandalism
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