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In 1988 handguns killed 7 people in Great Britain 19 in Sweden 53 in Switzerland 25 in Israel 13 in Australia 8 in Canada and 8915 in the United States These figures are shocking and there doesnt seem to be a solution Gun control is a problem that our country has got to face Gun ControlOne of the most alarming issues dealing with gun control is juvenile violence A large percent of crimes committed with guns are by children No one has yet been able to pinpoint the exact reason children committed such a terrible crime Many experts feel that risk factors associated with juvenile crime are poverty repeated exposure to violence drugs easy access to firearms and unstable family life All of these issues play a big role in the increase of juvenile crime Possibly out of all of these issues the most important is the deteration of the family Many of these children are not being brought up in a nice environment at home Reasons Juveniles are not the only ones committing crimes with guns Adults are just as guilty at contributing to the nations violence It is even easier for an adult to purchase a firearm Even if the adult has a felony it is still easy for them to get a gun There are many people willing to sell a felon a gun if the price is right If they can not buy one they can easily pay someone to buy one for them If an individual wants a firearm bad enough chances are they will get one Brennen and Polsby 2Myth 1 Guns cause crime There is no relationship between the number of guns and the amount of crime in the United States Between 1973 and 1992 the rate of gun ownership increased by 45 while the homicide rate during that period fell by nearly 10 Myth 2 Gun control laws reduce crime Firearms have not been regulated in the
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