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School shootings and the large number of gun deaths among minority youth have raised peoples awareness about guns In Littleton Colorado twelve students and a teacher were killed and another twenty students were wounded when two students opened fire Last year in December a Xavier student was walking towards her dorm when a man got out of a car and held her at gunpoint Smothers par 7 These traumas occurred because of one reason too many people have access to handguns People who grow up in a hunting culture or those who have spent time in the military always emphasize the right of individuals to own weapons On the contrary those who have been affected by gun crime and violence believe that these weapons should be controlled more strictly or gotten rid of The federal government should have a uniform policy about guns rather than the individual state and local governments The Youth Handgun Safety Act of 1994 prohibited the possession of handguns by anyone under 18 however there is no federal law that restricts them from long guns which can still harm others With a parents written consent their children are still allowed to possess a gun for target practice and hunting Yet even though they are well trained in how to handle a gun they do not have the judgment to handle an emergency situation A research primarily focused on the age group 18-20 shows that 34040 people in the United States were killed by guns Of those deaths 18166 were suicides 14037 were homicides 1134 were unintentional shootings and 413 deaths were of unknown intent Department of Justice 1 For that reason there should be a federal law that requires a person to be at least twenty-one years old to be in possession of a gun People who buy from gun depots go through a background check but those who buy from a gun show or a flea market are not checked
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