Research indicates that many youth perpetrators of the crime came from the most deprived areas. It was found out that the gap between the least well off and the most well off was widening in Britain. It was also found out that the increasing rate of unemployment and the high cost of living has highly contributed to increased gun crime among the youth. Discrimination and poor parental care have also contributed to the problem, research indicates. It was found out that equitable resource distribution among the population will solve the problem.
This includes reducing the gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’. Research indicates that levels of gun crime among the youth in most deprived areas was high. It was therefore found out that provision of employment to the youth can amicably solve the problem. Research also indicates that the crime was mostly committed by more youths from minority groups than majority groups. As a result, it was found out that affirmative action for such minority groups is necessary in solving the problem. The research further indicated that gun crime among the youth and drug abuse are highly positively co-related.
War against drug abuse was therefore identified as an important approach in solving the problem of gun crime among the youths. (http://www. statistics. gov. uk/focuson/socialinequalities/ ;Bywaters, P ,McLeod E, 1996, p. 3-4) Lesson from other jurisdiction Research indicates that countries with proper legislation especially on drug abuse recorded fewer rates of gun crimes among the youth. It was also found out that a legal framework that will make provision of relevant information on gun crime to the police a duty of the people will also minimize the extend of the problem.
In Austria for instance, it was found out that it is the duty of the people to provide any relevant information on gun crime in order to enable the police to take appropriate action. Such a law was found to yield positive fruits in the war against gun crime especially among the youths. Research indicate that countries with weak laws on discrimination record high gun crimes among the youth. It was also found out that countries with poor legal framework to address employment issues recorded higher gun crime rates among the youths.
Conclusions Other than the legal action, the government should ensure equity and equality in allocation and distribution of resources to all people. Affirmative action should therefore be taken In order to improve the standards of living and mainly those of the youth and other minority groups. Job opportunities should not be age restricted or eve advertised in such a way that will discriminate the youth against. Some organizations advertise jobs and state that the working experience of the applicant be five or even more years.
This automatically disqualifies the youth and as a result they become highly at risk of engaging in gun crime. Public campaigns should be conducted all over Britain in order to educate the youth not only on the dangers involved in engaging in gun crime but also on proper ways of earning their living. It sound ridiculous when and individual no matter his or her status or profession to call a rally only to tell the youth not to engage in gun crime without offering an alternative method of solving the problems the youth face.
It will just be a waste of time since majority of them turn to gun crime after all the possible ways of solving their problems fail to yield positive results. Recommendations In order to curb this problem of gun crime among the youth in Britain and thus make Britain a safe place to live in, I recommend the following ; Constitutional amendment should be carried out in Britain. This will help to address the current challenges facing the war against crime especially among the youth. The constitutional amendments should also address issues concerning drug abuse.
A commission should be established to investigate mass media houses and give a green light on the appropriate action that that should be take if the information they pass to the members of the public incite people and especially the youth to participate in gun crime. (http://www. console-exploits. com/forums/showthread. php? t=10411 ) Such a commission should also investigate the contribution of musicians and other actors who give a bad example to their fans by praising gun related criminal acts.
It should be given the mandate to recommend possibilities of banning such media houses, musicians and even actors fro carrying out their activities in Britain. (http://www. console-exploits. com/forums/showthread. php? t=10411 ) Technological advancement in Britain should be used to detect fire arms in both public as well as private areas. Surveillance cameras should be placed in strategic places especially those areas which have already been identified as ‘gun hot spots’. (http://www. surveillance-video. com/ ) Technology should also be used to seize fire arms in residential areas.
This should include a door to door investigation especially in areas where gun crime is most rampant. The frequency of police patrols should be increased so as to ensure that people are not tempted to commit such crimes as gun crimes. Gun crime and drug abuse have so much in common and the two must be fought at the same time. Cycles of organized crimes must be broken by thorough investigation that will lead to the arrest of the key leaders. Social amenities must be availed to the youth in order to engage them in different activities and prevent them from being idle. These include games, educational libraries among others.
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