ERIC Number: ED364326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Children Carrying Weapons: Why the Recent Increase, Hearing on the Possession of Weapons among Children and the Presence of These Weapons in Our Schools, before the Committee on the Judiciary, United State Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, Second Session (October 1, 1992).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
These transcripts feature statements and testimony from a Senate hearing on gun-related violence among school children. Opening statements by judiciary committee members Joseph R. Biden, Paul Simon, Herbert Kohl, Strom Thurmond, and John H. Chaffee offer statistics and anecdotes about the increasing presence of guns on school campuses, the incidence of accidental and intentional shootings and suicides by children, and the impact of drugs and gangs. Testimony was presented by panel members: (1) Jack Vinokur from the Brandywine School District in Wilmington, Delaware, who explained the school district's student code of conduct regarding the possession of weapons and the background to the policy's development; (2) Lieutenant Thomas Byrne of the Chicago Police Department School Patrol Unit, who offered information on how children obtain firearms, why they carry guns to school, and how gangs impact children; and (3) Ronald Stephens of the National School Safety Center in California, who offered additional anecdotes about violence involving children, presented statistics on school crime and violence, suggested that children obtain guns primarily from home, provided an essay by a student about weapons at school, and discussed the influence of drugs and gangs on the proliferation of guns in school. In addition, Stephens suggested 15 ways in which Congress and local communities can respond to the problem. An appended statement by Michael K. Beard, president of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, proposes that reduced, and eventually banned, access to handguns is the most effective solution to gun violence. (AC)
Descriptors: Accidents, Adolescents, Child Health, Children, Community Problems, Crime, Delinquency, Drug Abuse, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Federal Regulation, Government Role, Gun Control, Guns, Hearings, Homicide, Injuries, Juvenile Gangs, Prevention, Public Policy, School Safety, Social Problems, Suicide, Violence, Weapons
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, Washington, DC 20402 (Stock No. 552-070-14400-5, $2.25).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.