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Title:
Guns, violence, and teens
Author:
Cox, Vic.
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Publication Information:
Springfield, NJ, USA : Enslow Publishers, [1997]

©1997
Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 10.9 4.0 16069.
ISBN:
9780894907210
Format :
Book

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-- These over-100-page titles present the facts and analyze some of the most controversial topics in today's news.
-- Offers excellent and up-to-date information for reports or debates.
-- Helps teenagers to begin developing critical thinking skills.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. Focusing on the impact that guns have on teenagers, Cox looks at the evolution of gun use in America, federal and state laws tracking gun ownership, and the rise of gun-control advocacy in this country. In spite of a stated bias toward gun control, he presents the constitutional (Second Amendment) and anarchy (if guns are outlawed, only criminals will have guns) arguments for gun possession, juxtaposing them with reasons for restrictions as presented by such groups as Sarah and James Brady's Handgun Control and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. Cox notes that the new public health debate against guns is especially promising because it brings the medical profession into the debate by viewing "firearms as `a leading health problem' or an integral part of an `epidemic of violence' sweeping America." In spite of occasional erratic footnoting and indexing, the book offers solid information for research in a format that will be useful even for reluctant readers. Graphs; list of organizations to contact; chapter notes; bibliography. --Frances Bradburn


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up‘A 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.