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This topic is about Gun Control. Gun Control is to attempt to reduce violence caused by use of firearms by regulating their ownership and use. Gun Control efforts generally focus on passing legislation - by local, state, or national government - to restrict legal ownership of certain firearms. Most countries have some restricitons on firearms. Perhaps the most emotionally type of weapon carrying is that occurring in schools, because of both the youth of those involved and the perception of school as safe havens.

There are approximately two million defensive gun uses (DGU's) per year by law abiding citizens. That was one of the findings in a national survey conducted by Gary Kleck, a Florida State University criminologist in 1993. Prior to Dr. Kleck's survey, thirtheen other surveys indicated a range of between 800,000 to 2.5 million DGU's anually. However these surveys each had their flaws, which prompted Dr.

Kleck to conduct his own study specifivally, tailored to estimate the number of DGU's anually. There is one study, the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which in 1993 estimated 108,000 DGU's anually.

The NCVS is a non-anonymous national survey conducted by a branch of the Federal Government, the U.S. Bureau of the Census. In the early and mid - 1990's it was widely reported that each school day 100,000, 135,000, or even 186,000, children carry guns to school. Less than 1% of all homicides among school - aged children (5-19 years old) occur in or around school grounds or on the way to and form school. Of 20 million middle - school and high - school students, fewer than a dozen have killed at school this year. Of 20,000 secondary schools nationwide, only about 10 reported a murder on campus. During the year 1998 the school shootings by students...