Thesis: Handguns should be outlawed with the exception of law enforcement
I. Why Not Real Gun Control?
A. Handguns are too easily accessible to America's youth.
II. Kids: A Deadly Force.
A. Kids are killing each other all across America.
III. A Look At The Brady Bill
IV. The Economics of Crime.
A. Americans are spending too much money each year to protect
V. Charts and Figures.
A. Where Americans are spending all their money on protection.
Handguns should be outlawed in the United States with the exception of
law enforcement purposes. Two weeks before Christmas Day, 1987, 17 year-old
Kendall Merriweather was shot and killed a few blocks from his high school in
southeast Washington, D.C. Police arrested two teenage students who they
believe killed Merriweather while trying to steal his "boom box" radio. A few
days earlier, in Pasadena, Texas, a 14-year-old eight grader at Deepwater Junior
High School whipped a snub-nosed .38 out of his jacket and held the assistant
principal hostage for two hours. Police said the boy was distraught over his
parents' recent separation. (Stanza 19) These were not isolated incidents. All
across America, the number of kids using- and being harmed by-guns is rising at
an alarming rate. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 27,000
youths between 12 and 15 were handgun victims in 1985, up from an average of
16,500 for each of the previous years (Stanza 19). The increase in gun use
often stems from urban crack trade. Many crack gangs have more firepower than
a small police department. Whatever the cause, authorities are finding the use
of handguns by youngsters an extremely diff-icult trend to stop ( Stanza 19).
As long as pistols are as easily accessible as candy, people of all ages will
continue to be on both ends of the barrel.
Kids in America... [continues]
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