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EDUCATION IS BETTER THAN LEGISLATION IN THE BATTLE TO SAVE CHILDREN FROM GUNS Children in America are exposed to gun violence every day whether it is on TV computer games or witnessing a murder while walking through the inner city streets on their way to school Like it or not guns are a part of life and not just here in America You can find some kind of gun in every country in the world So how do we best prevent our children from using them on themselves and each other I propose that education not legislation is the best way to save children from guns Dr Michael J Harkness a childrens doctor from Pennsylvania says Learning about gun safety is like riding in a car with a seat belt Youre not afraid to ride but buckling up can help keep you safe if there is an accident He also says Kids need to understand that guns arent toys and learn how to behave around them Kids Healthcom 2002 Gun accidents involving both children and adults has actually fallen dramatically in the last two decades almost entirely because of private safety efforts According to the most recent figures from the National Safety Council in nineteen eighty-eight two hundred and seventy-seven children under the age of fifteen were killed by accidental firearm discharges That number represents a forty-eight percent drop from nineteen seventy-four even though the number of guns per capita increased From nineteen sixty-eight to nineteen ninety-eight the annual rate of fatal gun accidents fell from 12 per 100000 Americans to 06 Thanks to private educational efforts including programs sponsored by the NRA the Boy Scouts 4H and other groups the firearm accident rate has been cut in half Kopel 2002 A 1991 study by the General Accounting Office found that 84 of gun accidents involve deviations from basic safety rules Kopel 2002 For example accidents occur when people carelessly wave a
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