Are Guns Used for Protection or Destruction Carrying guns in the United States has become a very sensitive issue. Uprising threats has fueled immense fear in people causing them to carry loaded weapons. From terrorist attacks to school-shootings, carrying guns has become a coping method for many citizens. News reports illustrate horrific crimes that encompass massacres and horrendous homicides. For example, the traumatic shooting in Sandy Hook killed more than 20 children and teachers.
The American public views guns as a means of self-defense and this perception have been slowly changing, due to the damage and havoc by these mass shootings. He asks for an immediate solution to the problem, insisting the importance of effective gun control and measures to stop further
As a result, the media that cover these events dictate what and how they are shared. However, it only helps to feed our sense of fear towards terrorism as well as fuel the Muslim stereotype. In fact, according to a study on deconstructing the terrorism- news media relationship, “terrorists use media as a tool to gain increased coverage and communicate their message,” but sometimes the news does it for them (Ross). For example, in the UCLA shooting, where two men were killed in a murder-suicide, the news’ portrayal of the situation led many to believe that there were multiple attackers instead of just the one. While this may not directly convey terrorists’ message, it helps to spread unnecessary fear of terrorism in our communities.
Retaining evidence for longer periods of time is also another important issue faced by police departments. Departments eventually will be required to implement policies that will demonstrate best practices in the field of law enforcement. Training is an ongoing problem departments have to address as budgets tighten. “Complex homicide investigations, especially those involving serial murder cases, depend upon the experience and abilities of investigators to effectively conduct the investigation” (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2005). We as a society have an insatiable appetite for movies and television shows depicting serial killers who provide shock, trauma, and gore in the acts that they perpetrate.
I believe it is vital that we stop selling guns to people who scratch off serial numbers and sell them into the streets. Furthermore, I believe that small steps in improving gun laws will go a long way. If the American people can come together and agree that our second amendment is amazing and a powerful tool in times of need but a power that should be taken serious with many proper precautions, we can advance in the digression of gun violence in America. Getting involved with your community and learning about the effects of gun violence can help by changing things within your life, spreading to the lives of others. The best people have said you have to be the change you want to see in the world.
Gun violence is a major problem in our American culture that must be addressed. It affects every American and how we choose to live our daily lives. With the amount of appalling mass shootings that occur frequently in the United States, the federal government has an obligation to its citizens to help prevent these reoccurring tragedies. This obligation from the government should come in the form of universal background checks, restrictions on specific guns, and mental health tests. For the purpose of clearness, I will use the AR-15 as the primary example of weapons that government should increase regulations upon.
Every time you look at the news there seems to be a new headline about the most recent mass shooting. With these shootings becoming more common many viewers are becoming desensitized making these murders in cold blood seem normal. In the article Broken Cannot Be the New Normal published in The Avion the author Victoria Jordan tries to persuade the readers that change needs to be made so that we as a society do not have to live in fear of being the victim of the next massacre. Although Jordan takes a stance on gun violence, her over-use of fallacies such as appeal to fear and pity as well as begging the question the left the article with inadequate evidence in addition she barely offers a solution to the problem that she clearly sees. While appeal to emotion can be an effective method to connect with your audience, Jordan however overuses emotion to the point it
Over the course of three years, approximately 160 school shootings have been recorded. Including fatal and nonfatal assaults, suicides, and unintentional shootings. In all, the incidents resulted in 59 deaths and 124 nonfatal gunshot injuries (Analysis of school shootings). It is unreasonable how many innocent lives have been taken away because of these tragedies. Oftentimes when a mass shooting occurs, people debate gun control laws more profoundly.
From all the drone strikes killing innocent people or putting their lives at stake and ours, is a horrendous movement, that’s why in my opinion I think we shouldn’t have drones. On April 3 of 2014 a drone slammed into the ground right next to an elementary school, the students weren’t in school at the time, but surely if they were, they would’ve been injured or dead. In Yemen and Pakistan, 1,147 people including children, were killed in U.S. drone strikes targeting 41 suspected terrorists on the top secret U.S. “kill list”. The word “suspected” is a word in my opinion, meaning not 100% sure, in this case the U.S. didn’t know 100% for sure if the targets were terrorists. This causing already a conflict between many different nations...if one is not sure then why strike?
A huge priority of school is that students should be kept safe, and that happens from staff being allowed to search students. In 2013 a Company called “Everytown” did some research about gunfire in schools. During this research, they found out that from 2013 to 2015 there were about 200 firearm related incidents in the USA. These incidents included fatal and nonfatal assaults, suicides, and unintentional shootings. 53 percent of these attacks happened at K-12 schools and 47 percent happened at college and universities.