Kids and Guns: The History, the Present, the Dangers, and the Remedies

Kids and Guns: The History, the Present, the Dangers, and the Remedies

by Ted Schwarz
     
 

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An up-to-the minute study that provides solid background for today's headlines of teen and pre-teen violence. This thoroughly researched book looks at all aspects of the issue: the history of guns and gun use, gun control and gun safety, the causes of violence, what students can do to protect themselves and help their friends, and a full exploration of successful… See more details below

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An up-to-the minute study that provides solid background for today's headlines of teen and pre-teen violence. This thoroughly researched book looks at all aspects of the issue: the history of guns and gun use, gun control and gun safety, the causes of violence, what students can do to protect themselves and help their friends, and a full exploration of successful anger-management programs now in use in a number of school systems.

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VOYA
Are kids more violent today? Why are kids killing other kids? Why are we seeing more guns in schools? What does the code of silence have to do with school safety? What does the Second Amendment to the Constitution have to do with guns? Schwarz answers these questions and more in a well-balanced manner for a specific audience—young people in schools today. Specific cases of school shootings are cited with sufficient detail for impact. Black-and-white illustrations support and extend the text. The author also covers the impact of television, movies, fantasy and role-playing games, the Internet, and gangs in an effort to explain their connections with violence and gun use. The basics of gun safety are included as well as what a young person should do if he or she sees a gun being mishandled or being kept in an unsafe manner. Programs that address school safety and ways that teens can prevent violence and make their schools safer are covered as well. The information included will be useful for students researching gun control—pro or con—and school violence. Teachers and other school personnel as well as students will benefit from reading this concise, informative book. Addresses of organizations, books, and Internet resources are included. Index. Illus. Photos. Source Notes. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 1999, Grolier Educational, 128p, $9.95 Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Sherry York

SOURCE: VOYA, October 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 4)

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-This title begins with a brief overview of the history of guns in the United States, starting with their use as tools of survival in the wilderness. It examines the development of firearms, covering manufacturers and mechanics. Coverage includes discussions on the right to own guns and gun safety. In considering the relationship between guns and young people, Schwarz includes many accounts of violent incidents. The volume concludes with chapters on what students can do to help keep their schools safe. The author displays a definite bias for gun control and utilizes the occasional scare tactic to interest readers. Examples of media violence are woven throughout the text, with varying success. Video games, television, film, the music industry, and the Internet are dealt with harshly. While the media may play a role in real-life violence, these ideas are not critically examined. An uncomfortable and poorly argued parallel is drawn between pornography and date rape. Average-quality black-and-white photographs and reproductions accompany the text. Objective resources exploring all sides of an issue are always in demand, but this title does not offer careful argument or balance.-Mary B. McCarthy, ACLIN/Colorado State Library Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531164402
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Single Titles-Teen Issues Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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