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The Causes of Violence in Teens Jocks Preps Punks Goths Geeks They may sit at individual tables at lunch but they all belong to the same generation The story that hit the news was the massacre at Columbine High The school outcasts finally had all the power and they utilized it without mercy or purpose It was devastating news but the most disturbing puzzle perhaps is the motive How did brainy kids from apparently stable rich homes become killing machines without a hint of remorse Surely the cause of having access to guns or being a victim of abuse at the hands of parents or peers or being immersed in a culture that glorifies violence and revenge could be a few answers but there is more to it Not every child with access to guns becomes an Eric Harris or a Dylan Klebold and not every child who embraces the Goth group goes on a murderous rampage At times it may be easy to spot out a serial killer and at the same time not so easy The cause of violence in teens may be linked to numerous symptoms that even parents fail to recognize until it is too late The cause of teen violence may be associated to various traits some in which include the lack of gun control our society that advocates violence and retaliation and parents who are not doing their job The availability of firearms is a national issue and the incidence of death and injury amongst adolescents as a result of gunshot wounds is on the rise Under Colorado law Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were entitled to own rifles and shotguns but were too young to buy them Murr 34 This did not stop these teenagers from obtaining ammunition because they simply had 18-year-old friend Robyn Anderson do the buying Murr 34 This act is a case study of just how open Americas gun laws can be
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