Gun Violence in America
Gun violence in America, though played up in the media, does not represent a high percentage of violent crime according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. From 1993 until 2005 incidences of firearm violence had actually decreased but began rising again in 2005. The percentage of crimes involving firearms only accounted for about 11% and then decreased to around 9% in 2005. The years in between 1993 and 2005 accounted for less than 9% of firearm violence according the National Crime Victimization Survey. The (NCVS) National Crime Victimization Survey was established in 1972 and is the largest household survey given. This survey reports on crimes experienced by individuals and households. According to a survey given to State Prison inmates in 1997 and reported by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the overwhelming consensus is that guns are obtained more than 80% of the time from family, friends, on the street or by illegally purchasing them. Only about 15% of state inmates and 13% of federal inmates were actually convicted of using a firearm in the commission of a crime. In my research for this paper, I dropped in on the National Education Association Heath Information Network and was surprised by the statistics supplied to the public by them. According to this site, more than 80 Americans die from gun violence everyday. In statistics supposedly supplied by the U.S. Department of Justice, only 2% of the federal gun crimes are actually prosecuted. Gang violence is a hot topic in the media and in local and state law enforcement. Gang life is a power trip and statistics from the BJS show that youth are more inclined to carry and use weapons. For the average citizen interested in purchasing legal weapons, a background check through the NICS, National Instant Criminal Background Check System, is required by law to ensure that the person requesting the purchase is not prohibited from owning a weapon....
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