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Kids and guns : the history, the present, the dangers, and the remedies
Schwarz, Ted, 1945-
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [1999]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Examines the history of guns and gun use, issues of gun ownership and control, and the relationship between guns and violence involving young people.
Reading Level:
1180 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.2 5.0 1876.

Reading Counts RC High School 10 5 Quiz: 16675 Guided reading level: U.

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HQ784.V55 S38 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HQ784.V55 S38 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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An up-to-the-minute study that provides solid background for today's headlines of teen and preteen 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.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. In this timely study of kids and guns, Schwartz deals with nearly all of the topics that have arisen in the wake of the Columbine High School shootings: the scope of the problem, issues of gun ownership, gun-control legislation, the relationship between teenage violence and the media, teens' code of silence, and the creation of safe schools. In clear, easy-to-read language that will hold readers' attention, he provides a solid case for gun-control legislation and what teens can and must do to help make their schools safer. Browsers will find this to be a sobering but important book. The list of organizations, the Internet resources, and the bibliography will be very helpful to students who want to investigate the issues further. Black-and-white illustrations. --Chris Sherman

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.