Youth Violence Essay

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Youth Violence

Youth violence is an escalating problem in American society today. There are many different factors that can be blamed for this problem. During the last decade of the twentieth century people began searching for answers to this dilemma which is haunting America. Many tragic school shootings have taken place within the last decade that have gained the attention of the public. As of now, no one can give the right answer to the problem or the reason that it happens because there is no right answer yet and nobody can be sure that they know the cause. All we have to go by are the opinions of different people. The most popular cause of the problem of youth violence is the media. In “The Erosion of Empathy,” Sissela
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Suicide and murder rates among white teenagers resemble those of white adults, and suicide and murder rates of black teens track those of black adults. (Males 258)

This statement brings up another opinion, the opinion that children’s behavior stems from their parents’ or elders’ behaviors. A young male, who is brought up in a violent household, is more likely to be violent outside of the home. This idea brings us back to the saying monkey see, monkey do; what children see is what they will do. Among our many solutions to youth violence is the idea that too many guns are not the problem, but too few guns is the problem. “The Colorado Legislature is currently debating a bill to further enhance the state’s conceal-carry statute. Those backing the measure say that a teacher or administrator with a concealed gun could have stopped, or greatly minimized, the Littleton tragedy.” (Lee 255) Lee says, “Blaming guns for such incidents…is ludicrous.” His solution to our rising problem of youth violence is not censoring the media, but is bringing more guns in the mainstream. This does not mean children walking around school armed. It means putting more guns into the right hands. At first glance this proposals sounds pretty good. When one puts some thought into it, it somewhat changes their perspective on the issue. Does this solution seem ethical; giving guns

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