Kids Who Kill

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Why Kids kill Over the past decades violent crimes committed by juveniles are on a steady rise. On almost every magazine cover and newspaper on almost any given day you can open it up and read how children as young as 6 are committing horrible violent crimes on almost a daily basis.

Such reports are widespread and are regular topics to political officials, citizen action groups and or law enforcement officers. The Political officials are always promising a get-tough approach.

According to the F.B.I, America experienced its highest Juvenile Violent Crime Arrest rate ever in 1990. 430 per 100,000 juveniles! The rate for Violent Crimes committed by juveniles, took a sharp turn upward among both Black and White youth, while it dropped for youth of all other races. Overall, arrests for Violent Crimes increased 44 percent for White youth, 19 percent for Black youth between 1980-1990, while only a 53 percent increase among those of the "Other Race" category.

All Violent Crimes except robbery, showed increases among all juveniles in the 1980's! Specifically, the arrest rate for Juvenile murder increased 145 percent for Black youth and 48 percent for White juveniles between 1965-1990. The overall murder arrest rate for juveniles increased 332 percent; accompanied by a 79 percent increase in the number of juveniles who committed murders with guns, in 1990. Almost three out of four juvenile murders used guns to commit their crimes! ( A study by the National Crime Analysis- Project, confirms the FBI report. In that study, researchers found that the number of seventeen-year olds arrested for murder increased 121 percent from 1985-1991, by 158 percent for sixteen-year olds, and by 217 percent for fifteen-year olds! As the trend goes, it appears to only get worse! It's been estimated that at least 100,000 students carry a gun...