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June 14, 1999

VICE PRESIDENT GORE RELEASES NEW STUDY SHOWING HIGH RATE OF GUN VIOLENCE AMONG AMERICAN TEENAGERS

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              VICE PRESIDENT GORE RELEASES NEW STUDY SHOWING
            HIGH RATE OF GUN VIOLENCE AMONG AMERICAN TEENAGERS

 Calls on Congress to Pass Common-Sense Gun Measures to Protect America's
                                 Children

     New Orleans, LA -- In his remarks before the U.S. Conference of
Mayors, Vice President Gore today released a new government study showing
an alarmingly high rate of gun violence among 18 to 20 year olds, and urged
Congress to pass measures to keep guns out of the hands of children.

     The report, jointly prepared by the Departments of Treasury and
Justice, shows that while 18-20 year olds make up just 4% of the
population, they commit 24% of America?s gun murders.

     The report also found that the three age groups who commit the most
gun murders are 18 year olds, followed by 19 year olds, followed by 20
years olds.  In fact, the report shows that 18 year olds commit 35% more
gun murders than 21 year olds; double the gun murders of 24 year olds;
triple the gun murders of 28 year olds; and four times the gun murders of
30 year olds.

     "Incredibly, while these 18 to 20 year olds cannot legally buy a beer,
cannot purchase a bottle of wine, cannot order a drink in a bar, they can
walk into any gun shop, pawn shop, or gun show in America and buy a
handgun," Vice President Gore said.

     The Vice President called on the U.S. House of Representatives, who
will debate gun measures this week, to act now and pass on a bipartisan
basis common sense measures to protect America's children.

     "Will we let the NRA call the shots in Washington or will we cross
party lines to make our children safer?" Vice President Gore asked. "Now is
the time for every parent, every citizen, every elected official, every
national leader, to take a stand, and to stand up and be counted. No more
delays, no more fuzziness, and no more excuses -- we need strong action,
and strong leadership today."

     Specifically, the Vice President called on Congress to pass into law
measures that would:

      raise the legal age for handgun possession from 18 to 21;
      require child-safety locks on guns; and
      require background checks on those who buy guns at gun shows.

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