In recent years gun violence has increased significantly in various parts of the world. There are more cases of children and young adults engaging in violence or getting caught in the crossfire. There has been debate over whether gun laws are strict enough and what else can be done to reduce such acts from occurring. With more lives being affected on a regular basis, more concerns arise as to how people can live safe lives when guns are being used in increasing numbers. It is shameful to say that almost every day you hear about some sort of gun violence affecting people either in your hometown or in another part of the world.
Years ago gun violence had its issues but nothing like what is going on it current society. While there are events that have occurred that seem shocking, sad and pointless, similar actions have occurred decades ago; except they didn’t seem to occur as frequently as they do today. Gun violence has grown into an international crisis. Some people feel we should ban guns altogether, while others feel this would be impossible. Getting rid of guns may help remedy the issue but it may not be enough to make the problem go away.
There are certain parts of the world that has already banned guns and similar weapons. The problem here is people can still smuggle them in. Other parts of the world have certain types of guns that are illegal for citizens to have in their possession. Eliminating guns from the equation is just a part of the problem. You have people that are not willing to talk about their problems and jump to conclusions way too soon. Meaning, people get angry over little things or something that you should be able to laugh about. Then, you have situations in which someone is threatened, but things escalate too far quickly.
Gun violence has problems on different levels including within local communities, politically and international. It is hard to say where improvements have been made. Some cities around the world may report a reduction in gun activity. Others unfortunately see an increase that has hurt their part of the world economically and socially. It would be a perfect world if we could settle our problems without getting angry and turning to the use of guns. In the meantime people continue to hope for a better future with fewer guns in it.
Gun Control in America
...Gun Control in America Gun control is a debate topic that comes up every election and when a major event happens that involving guns. Pro-gun lobbyists say “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” [ (Hagan, 2007) ] the anti-gun advocates want to take away the right to bear arms. This topic has no right or wrong answer it is a preference of the individual. This is why gun control is such a fiercely debated topic. Implementing gun control Gun control cannot determine an accurate measurement according to research as there are two key components to the research lacking. What is the crime rate with no gun control? There is no documented research showing what the baseline is without gun control. Different government parties have each placed their own gun controls as a universal solution. These controls are mandatory locks sold with every gun purchase, and limitations on different classification of guns a citizen may own (Moorhouse & Wanner, 2006). Part two of measuring gun control is making sure the gun control laws are in place along with proper enforcement of the law. An example of this could have a blanket gun control law for a state. Each county within that state will potentially have a different outcome of this law. With the effort their law enforcement offices and judicial system place on enforcing that law. Gun control law enforcement is a large part of the accurate measurement of the effects of gun control (Moorhouse & Wanner, 2006). The present laws in......
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Violence in America vs. Gun Control
...Violence in America vs. Gun Control In America today violence continues to drastically increase with millions of gun related deaths annually, yet given the right training, skills, and a sound minded person a gun is often one of the greatest assets to have for protection. In the U.S. Constitution the right to bare arms is a liberty given to those citizens who qualified to do so under their first amendment rights. Many people are torn about the right to bare arms and some lobby more increasingly by the days to have more laws to further restrict gun laws. On the other side of the fence you have a great deal of people who try to fight and not only keep their first amendment right, but to also have the noose loosened to make gun laws less restrictive. A gun is very dangerous and can be used to cause a massive amount of damage, but a gun is also safe and can also protect from a human predator who pursues another human as prey. The more powerful guns get and the more access people have to them the sum for me is simple “guns aren’t dangerous, but people are dangerous. On Tuesday, April 20, 1999 the Columbine school massacre happened in Littleton Colorado near Denver. “Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, embarked on a massacre, killing 12 students and 1 teacher. They also injured 21 other students directly, and three people were injured while attempting to escape. (en.wikipedia.org) After the two high school students went on a wild shooting spree which lasted for......
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Gun Culture in America
...Behavior Consumer Possession on the Extended Self Write Up on Gun Culture in America. Introduction The culture of Gun use and ownership by private citizens date backs to the days of the founding fathers, with the bill of rights passage in 1791.The use and possession of guns and firearms has historically been rife with controversy. In 2008, with the Heller V District of Columbia case, the Supreme Court finally clarified the right for individual Americans to bear arms thereby settling century’s long debate on one of the most controversial issues in American history. The culture of Gun ownership and personal attachment individuals feel about guns and firearms is a very interesting dynamic. In the old confederacy (Now nicknamed Red States), according to Barack Obama in 2007,people in this region who feel left out of the modern day progressive society tend to cling to their guns and religions as to further find a sense of purpose and fulfillment. While this view point cannot be empirically proved, there is a level of validity in such a claim as historically known, those areas tend not to support any form of Gun Control. In the more liberal parts of the country, from New York City to the New England Colonies, the attitudes towards gun and firearms ownership is more subtle, there is no religious following however statistically the occurrence of gun crimes and other mass shootings is more prevalent in this part of america than in the old confederacy. Methodology The intent......
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Gun Control in America
...Cons of Gun Outlaw in the United States Sarah Chadwick, Maria Escalante, Aubrey Ballard, Jonathan Mcwilliams, Royal Delahoussaye, Andrew Urey, Stacon Boisse BCOM/275 February 12, 2013 Joseph Scott University of Phoenix Cons of Gun Outlaw in the United States I hate guns. Should an argument be made over a hate statement or should the right to bear arms hold to be as valuable as gold. The introduction of gun control laws can be an effective way to make the streets of America safe again but on the other hand this can also make law-abiding citizens become vulnerable for those whom have illegal possession of fire arms. Firearms, for the most part, are big business in the United States. Manufacturing firearms and ammunition have helped drive the economy for decades. The threat of banning some firearms has created the price of the AR15 assault riffle to sky rocket; so even the thought of not having a gun is big business. Fire arm sells increase with a bad economy because people feel they need protection from people becoming desperate (Thurman,R., 2009). Gun control is a sensitive subject in any country, in any neighborhood, or any civilized establishment. In America alone, about 80 million people representing half of the U.S. homes, own more than 223 million guns. And politically, 60% of Democrats and 30% of Republicans favor stronger gun owner laws (White, 2013). Gun rights are granted by the Second Amendment, which reads: “A well regulated......
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Gun Control in America
...Gun Control in America Alicia Buford COMM 215 Instructor Bruce Massis May 20, 2013 Did you know that in the United States that there are almost as many firearms as there are citizens (Wadman, 2013)? Consequently, the second amendment of the constitution gives each American citizen “The Right to Bear Arms.” The right to bear these arms is a just that, a right but, along with that right comes responsibility. Since the days of the pioneers, firearms have been an element of the American tradition as defense and a means of hunting or activity. However, as we progress through the 21st century the use of guns has changed significantly. Some of the reasons for the change are the steady increase in crime and the battle for the right to have possession of hand guns. Due to the number of gun owners in America, one might think that we have a strong affection for guns and gun ownership rights. This could not be further from the truth. Americans views towards guns have shifted significantly. In a 1998 Harris Poll taken a year before Columbine, shows that almost 70 percent of Americans favor “stricter gun control” (Contexts, Fall, 2003). So what should we do about this? I believe that stricter gun control legislation should be the solution to much of the gun violence that is plaguing our nation. Restricting the right to bear arms, especially assault weapons should make our communities safer. Granted, many people in community all across this country own guns. A large...
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Amending Gun Laws in America
...Analysis of Amending Gun Laws in America Written By: Merri C. Eder Intro to American Government Instructor: Curtis Ankeny April 26, 2013 Analysis of Amending Gun Laws in America Amending gun laws, more specifically background checks and gun registration laws, is perhaps one of the most widespread debates currently occurring in America. The United States experiences tragic levels of gun violence, claiming over 30,000 lives annually, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention( CDC, 2013). For every one person who dies from a gunshot wound, two others are wounded. Every year, approximately 100,000 people are victims of gun violence in America( CDC, 2013). In addition to those who are killed or injured, there are countless others whose lives are forever changed by the deaths of and injuries to their loved ones. Gun violence touches every branch of our society in which we live. Gun violence increases the probability of deaths in incidents of domestic violence, raises the chances of fatalities by those who intend to injure others and also among those who attempt suicide, places children and young people at risk, and disproportionately affects communities of color. Mass shooting tragedies like the school shootings at Sandy Hook, at Virginia Tech in April 2007 and Northern Illinois University in February 2008 – or the 1993 office shooting in San Francisco that led to the formation of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence – receive......
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...Male instructors seldom wear a tie and some may even wear blue jeans. Female instructors often wear slacks along with comfortable walking shoes. Greetings and farewells are usually short, informal and friendly. Students may greet each other with "hi", "how are you”? The farewell can be as brief as: "See you", "take it easy", or, "come by some time" (although they generally don't really mean it). Friendships are also casual, as Americans seem to easily develop and end friendships. As students from other countries,Studying in the United States of America can be a wonderful learning experience. Both in and out of the classroom you will learn and practice the English language. You may notice that these American values are, in some instances, quite different from your own. When you come to the US the reality of these differences will be more evident. You will likely experience culture "shock" as you learn to adjust to the new culture and way of living. This is very normal and requires both time and patience. LIANGLIANG CHEN...
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Gun Control in America
...Gun control in America Some gun control laws should stay the same because gun related deaths have dropped, it is our Second Amendment right, but some state laws should change to keep guns out of schools. Barrett (2013) discusses that gun violence is declining in the U.S. Figures from the United States Bureau of Justice and that gun related deaths have dropped 39% since 1993 (Truman, P.H.D & Planty, Ph.D., 2013). The author also states that handguns are mostly responsible gun related deaths and injuries, which raises questions on the emphasis of assault weapons of some gun control supporters. According to Barrett (2013), he states the government says nonfatal gun crime has dropped in the last twenty years by 69%. It is good that the rates have dropped that much. Singh (1998) focuses on an essay written by Jeremy Putley in January 1997, which criticized the American system of government and the assumed deficiencies of its constitution, highlighting gun control in the United States. The topics include the amount of Americans who have died from gun-related deaths yearly during the 1990s, identification of the two gun control measures which were padded by the Democratic 103rd United States Congress, and explanation of the gun crisis in the United States. The United States Bill of Rights (Madison) states, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Bill of Rights is...
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Dangers of Armament and Gun Culture
...Dangers of Armament and Gun Culture Manipur for many years has been an armed conflict ridden zone. Heavily armed separatist groups operating in the region have made the government unconcerned about militarizing the region and equally arming itself up to counter the threat. There are presently 15 army battalions and 30 plus militant outfits in this region that is about 22,000 sq.kms in area. This is discounting the police commandos who are heavily armed themselves. 1 Militarization includes the presence of heavily armed policemen or soldiers patrolling streets, military personnel occupying high government posts, military censorship, armed guards in schools and public buildings, armed checkpoints along roads and curfews. Guns are in abundance in this state and the culture this perpetuates and may continue to do so in future is concerning. How does armament affect the society we live in? We can put up a certain denial that having lived in such an environment for long we have come to accept this as a part of our daily lives. Though deep inside, there can be arguable research conducted to prove that such sight of armed personnel induces anxiety and insecurity in our minds. When this can happen to grown-ups imagine the effect it can have on young kids? Quoting from a material gathered from the internet," the excessive militarization of a society leads to a "mental militarization", in which violent responses to social problems become the norm. The highly militarized nature of......
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Culture of America
...why she was the only one who would play with the black girl in her class. We tend to think of our parent’s time when it comes to racial discrimination; however even in today’s culture we can observe the lasting effects of slavery. I live in Bullitt County, which is only about 25 minutes south of Louisville, where the black population is extremely low and in 2009 there were reports of the KKK leaving fliers on doorsteps. With the election of Barack Obama a great deal of emphasis was placed on his race. Furthermore, do you think that anyone would have questioned his citizenship if he was white? The issue of his place of birth was a discriminatory ploy that fooled an alarming number of people. In addition, the institution of slavery led to the economic destruction of the old South. The pre-civil war southern economy focused primarily on the production of cotton, a decision that left them dependent on expansion for survival. With the decline of European demand for cotton and the widespread destruction of the South during the Civil War the south was left in ruins. The economic gap today between North and South today is still tremendous. Many of the poorest regions in the U.S. are in the South, in which people tend to stereotype citizens as “white trash.” On the other hand, we see a plague drug and gang culture in many black neighborhoods. As was pointed out several times in class, blacks remain the majority of the prison population, however they are only a minority of the......
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Stricter Gun Laws in America
...STRICTER GUN LAWS IN AMERICA America needs stricter measures on gun usage because other countries have clearly shown that it is possible to have a much lower percentage of gun-related violence. The obvious changes that America needs to improve on are stricter gun-control laws, and a system of education before people are allowed to own guns. Guns were used in 11,078 homicides in the U.S. in 2010, comprising almost 35% of all gun deaths, and over 68% of all homicides (Statistics on, 2012). Between 1955 and 1975, the Vietnam War killed over 58,000 American soldiers less than the number of civilians killed with guns in the U.S. in an average two-year period (Statistics on, 2012). They can cause harm, death and even destruction. These weapons are powerful both socially and physically and thus very important to pay close attention to where these laws over gun control are headed. The directions of gun control laws not only affect our society and nation but also our future. In America close to eleven thousand people die in relation to handgun incidences in a year. This is a big number compared to other nations like Japan, Sweden and Great Britain where their death number in gun related issues is below one hundred (Prentice et al , 2009).The reason behind this drastic differences is that the above mentioned nations require safety courses on gun usage and their gun control laws are more strict. There is a direct relationship between number of deaths as a result of......
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Guns in America
...Guns in America Guns in America John K. Barry Author Affiliation Abstract Your abstract should be one paragraph and should not exceed 120 words. It is a summary of the most important elements of your paper. All numbers in the abstract, except those beginning a sentence, should be typed as digits rather than words. To count the number of words in this paragraph, select the paragraph, and on the Tools menu click Word Count. Title of Paper Begin your paper with the introduction. The active voice, rather than passive voice, should be used in your writing. This template is formatted according to APA Style guidelines, with one inch top, bottom, left, and right margins; Times New Roman font in 12 point; double-spaced; aligned flush left; and paragraphs indented 5-7 spaces. The page number appears one inch from the right edge on the first line of each page, excluding the Figures page. Headings Use headings and subheadings to organize the sections of your paper. The first heading level is formatted with initial caps and is centered on the page. Do not start a new page for each heading. Subheading Subheadings are formatted with italics and are aligned flush left. Citations Source material must be documented in the body of the paper by citing the authors and dates of the sources. The full source citation will appear in the list of references that follows the body of the paper. When the names of the authors of a source are...
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Gun Control in America
...Gun Control in America When I was in the military I had the opportunity to travel to many different countries in the world where gun control was either limited or fully enforced. In countries like Great Britain, which has strict gun control, the country has a very high miscellaneous crime rate due to even the law enforcement not carrying side arms (Kelley, 2012). Then countries like Switzerland where their gun laws are minimal, and their crimes are very low and they have access to guns (LaFollette, 2000). These countries with guns may have gun violence, but countries without guns tend to have more heinous crimes using other things as weapons (LaFollette, 2000). I have been around this world and I feel as Americans we don’t need gun control. Even though some Americans believe guns kill people and should be banned, I am completely against gun control, because it violates our Second Amendment Right, and guns also protect us and our families from intruders and individuals trying to commit a crime. Americans in today’s society want gun control to prevent foolish people and ones not all there in the head from owning guns. LaFollette (2000), thought that even though guns don’t kill people, people kill people so we should have gun control to stop these individuals from getting firearms. Such lunatics that have shot up schools like Columbine, Sandy Hook, and most recent the kid that shot up that church Charleston, SC. LaFollette (2000), said,” Availability of guns is also......
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Guns in America
...Hashim-Ali Research Paper The Effect of Gun Control in the United States With gun violence being so difficult to understand, what can be the overall solution? The issue with gun violence in America is one of the most highly debated topics of all time. A variety of government regulations such as background checks, and firearm restrictions left many wondering whether or not the laws of the government are in the best interest of the people. Although this topic is very controversial, there is a high supply of guns flowing in and out of America and a solution to the increase of gun violence is very much needed. These new laws not only affect people who oppose firearms, but it can especially hurt the people who rely on it for protection. Gun violence isn’t an issue that can be easily eradicated however, by informing people of new ideas and options pertaining to guns, America will realize that it can prevent many of these violent events from actually happening. With that being said many people are thinking more radical and some even blame certain mass shootings on mental illness, which in some cases may be true however, its often a cop out to receive a reduced sentence. Although many countries have implemented strict gun control laws, they have proven to not be as effective as lawmakers thought they would be in reducing crime. According to an article, “there is some common ground in the gun-control debate; many on both sides agree that there is a clear distinction between......
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Gun Control in America
...Gun Control in America Peter Z Bliss ENG/215 February 2, 2012 Kim Holloway Gun Control in America Gun control is a debate topic that comes up every election and when a major event happens that involving guns. Pro-gun lobbyists say “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” [ (Hagan, 2007) ] the anti-gun advocates want to take away the right to bear arms. This topic has no right or wrong answer it is a preference of the individual. This is why gun control is such a fiercely debated topic. Implementing gun control Gun control cannot determine an accurate measurement according to research as there are two key components to the research lacking. What is the crime rate with no gun control? There is no documented research showing what the baseline is without gun control. Different government parties have each placed their own gun controls as a universal solution. These controls are mandatory locks sold with every gun purchase, and limitations on different classification of guns a citizen may own (Moorhouse & Wanner, 2006). Part two of measuring gun control is making sure the gun control laws are in place along with proper enforcement of the law. An example of this could have a blanket gun control law for a state. Each county within that state will potentially have a different outcome of this law. With the effort their law enforcement offices and judicial system place on enforcing that law. Gun control law enforcement is a large part of the accurate......
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