Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Gun crime

Gun crime is a factor in life today that everyone has an opinion on; the media report this on a daily basis creating a moral panic. People start to believe that the streets are very unsafe and gun crime is higher than the figures show.

I hear different solutions to tackling gun crime and crime in general but I believe the most used solution is the fear tactic getting people to be very aware of gun crime and watch their children. Flooding parents with information about the current figures of gun crime and putting a one sided view that youths are the ones with the gun and kill.

In actual fact anyone could use a gun and kill so we shouldn't be fearful of our children because they can be brought up to know not to kill but fear everyone in general because it’s the society that moulds and shapes the people.

I had a look at the home office website and they gave me information about gun crime including a list of things they are doing to solve the ongoing gun crime rate. The solutions included a minimum five year sentence for those convicted of having a firearm. People need to have legal authority to imitate a firearm or posses an air gun in public, prohibit certain air weapons that can convert easily to fire live ammunition and finally increased the age limit for possession of air rifles to 17.

Will the gun crime issue be stopped or will the public continue to live in fear of their lives at the mercy of a gun?

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