Guns, Violence and Teens

Guns, Violence and Teens

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by Vic Cox

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Cindy Lombardo
Cox provides a useful and brief introduction to the issues surrounding teenagers and gun-related violence. However, in trying to address a multitude of complex issues, he neglects to probe deeply enough into any one area to give the reader a thorough understanding. For example, the chapter titled "Gunplay at School" comprises a mere eight pages and fails to include any substantive material covering the wide range of social issues that have contributed to school violence. Each of the other short chapters ("Youth and Gun Violence," "Firepower Past and Present," "State and Federal Gun Laws," "Debating Gun Control," "New Approaches to Gun Control," and "Using Words, Not Guns") is filled with supporting facts and figures drawn from current U.S. Department of Justice surveys as well as from books, newspaper articles, and research reports. The currency of the information is impressive, with most sources that are cited carrying publication dates no older than 1993. Statistical information is frequently in the form of easy-to-read charts and graphs that supplement rather than overwhelm the written material. The lengthy list of resources (including addresses and phone numbers) directs the reader to a broad range of organizations, such as the American Association of Suicidology, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the National Rifle Association of America, the Violence Policy Center, and Community Gang Services. Teens looking for detailed research information would be well advised to consult two additional volumes in Greenhaven's excellent Opposing Viewpoints series, Juvenile Crime and Gun Control (both 1997, Gun Control/VOYA December 1997), for more material on this multifaceted and growing problem. Index. Illus. Photos. Charts. Source Notes. Further Reading. VOYA Codes: 3Q 1P J S (Readable without serious defects, No YA will read unless forced to for assignments, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpA thorough overview of the pervasiveness of guns in the general public, the current laws, and legal history influencing both gun control and accessibility. Cox cites statistics and uses interviews to help readers grasp the impact guns have on the levels of violence in contemporary American society. The book starts with a look at the problem as it directly affects young people and addresses gangs, guns, and other weapons in the schools and on the streets. The author presents both sides of the gun-control debate, including arguments by such diametrically opposed groups as the National Rifle Association and Handgun Control, Inc. Nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution are highlighted in the last chapter. There is an extensive list for further reading and a listing of resources and organizations working to control violence. The text is clearly written and well organized for reports and research. The black-and-white photos, reproductions, and political cartoons are adequate but not very interesting. Charts and graphs help readers understand various studies and statistics. Not for lazy readers looking for quick information, but a valuable resource for students willing to do some digging and critical thinking.Joan Soulliere, formerly at Wenham Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
For readers who need just the facts, this installment in the Issues in Focus series presents statistics on gun-related violence and fatalities as it explores both sides of the gun control issue. It's a well-researched, relevant effort, but readers will find it hard to wade through the catalogue of nitty-gritty statistics. The few passages of anecdotal narrative pique interest, but there isn't enough opinion and analysis to break up the information and incite discussion. The facts are well organized; highlights include the chapters on the history of gun use, gun laws in different states, and violence-prevention efforts. This resource will work best in conjunction with more impassioned fare, e.g., Janet Bode and Stan Mack's Hard Time (1996).

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Issues in Focus Series
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Guns, Violence and Teens 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great if you're researching the topic of gun accessibility to minors. I had to do a sociology research project on the topic and this book was my main souce for information. The facts provided are extremely helpful and interesting. It provides useful information and a great history overview. I strongly recommend you to take a look at this book if you need the facts or if you're just interested in the topic.