American Journalist, Nicholas Kristof, in his essay, “Our Blind Spot about Guns”, addresses that if only guns were regulated and controlled like cars, there would be less fatalities. Kristof’s purpose is to emphasize how much safer cars are now than in the past, while guns do not have the same precautions. He constructs a compelling tone in order to convince the reader that the government should take more control on the safety of guns and who purchases them. Kristof builds credibility by successfully exerting emotional appeals on the audience, citing plausible statistics, and discussing what could possibly be done to prevent gun fatalities.
The author’s tone in this quote is violent and bitter. Eric saying that he “hated almost everyone “, would support the reader’s thinking towards what kind of person Eric is, and what Eric is thinking. Eric’s use of language almost immediately gives the reader a hint of what he is capable of, not in the sense that he would literally “rip is head off and eat it” but in the sense that he is capable of doing bad things. Given the fact that people throughout the United States have already heard of the mass shooting in Columbine, the reader would promptly identify Eric as the killer and they would be right. The author’s purpose could be to keep the reader thinking: who is the killer? , but also help the reader predict how will the killer’s next plans
Today many people around the world and even in the US are scared about the next shooting and where it will take place. Many states don 't allow concealed carry on school grounds because they believe that the students are not ready for a responsibility like carrying a gun. Eight states in the US allow concealed carry on campus because the state has voted on it and passed it through government. Other states such as Georgia have discussed the topic on concealed carry but very very will vote for it because they feel students and faculty are not ready for such a big responsibility.
There are many controversies and theories for explanations regarding school shootings. School shootings have been introduced into American society as almost a common trait. No other country in the world has dealt with this conflict as consistently. They are a trait that was brought about in the mid 1990’s and have escalated to become a common event among society. Statistically speaking there is a school shooting in the United States of America on average once a week. They were initiated in 1996, but the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 was the one to spread the future wave. Although sociologists struggle to find out why school shooters decide to accomplice themselves in mass murder; they do realize one thing. Most of the future school
“There were 372 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2015, killing 475 and wounding 1870” BBC News reports. According to the statistic, mass shootings are happening everyday and even every minute an hour. Mass shooting is a huge public concern. Therefore, when a shooting occurs, media would often report the shooting with bloody detail, surprised statistics, and influential old shooting. Moreover, the media are the biggest fear mongers which create public panic to the society by using various methods. Meanwhile, due to the media coverages, mass shooting slowly become a serious threat to the people. Although the media has exaggerated the detail and statistics of the shooting, which make their coverages look more trustworthy, researchers and reporters
Columbine, by Dave Cullen is a non-fiction book documenting the horrific massacre which took place in Littleton, Colorado on April 20, 1999. Not only does the writer give great detail about the shooting itself, he also gives and in depth look into the lives of the killers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, and their victims. The focus of this book is for the author to attempt to bring to light what really happened and hopefully gain better understanding as to why it all took place. Cullen, a journalist, begins an extensive nine year research in order to achieve awareness of the happenings before, during and after this tragic event. Entries from the perpetrators personal journals, stories from the ones who witnessed the shootings first hand, countless interviews from the victim’s families, as well as multiple other pieces of information give the reader an extremely up close and personal surrounding Columbine. Dave Cullen spent many years perfecting his book to make sure all the readers would know the correct story of Columbine.
This article by Wondemaghen analyzes the theory of claims-making in school shootings and how this leads to the creation of ‘social’ problems. He asserts that these social problems often become the main focus of public attention, omitting objective subjects found in mass shootings. I will try to renovate this theory to show that this distortion of societal problems occurs as a result of social media’s platform of ‘death drive’, which frames only the violent details of school shootings, inevitably leading to arbitrary
America is a nation blossomed with prosperity, yet it is notorious for the proliferation of appalling violence and homicides. By focusing on the Columbine High School massacre, Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine explores the environment/causes that lead to shooting tragedies and exposes the culture of fear that governs the unstable American society. On April 20, 1999, two senior students, Erik Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered 12 students and severely wounded 21 others with a 9mm carbine and a 12-gauge shotgun at Columbine High School. The bloodbath is directly related to the extensive accessibility of ammunitions. Through an investigation, Moore shockingly discovers that a Michigan local bank rewards free guns to customers who open new
Demand Action for gun sense in Moms America mobilizes moms and families to advocate stronger gun laws. This organization is built for families who want gun violence to come to an end. This public service announcement (see Figure 1) takes place in a classroom. This PSA is clearly stating the past incidents involving school shootings. This PSA was published after all the school shootings that have happened. In this online public service announcement, there is a young boy and girl. The boy who is wearing a red shirt making an allusion to blood is holding an unimportant chocolate egg which has been banned from the United States due to nutritional factors. The young girl is wearing a white and purple stripped shirt is brandishing an intimidating
Over the years, school safety has become more of an issue in the United States. Many have argued over the possible solutions for school safety. But through all the others, the only feasible solution is the use of metal detectors. Metal detectors have been known to increase safety when placed in an area that could be threatened. Metal detectors can protect schools from violence, especially from school shootings. To end the violence, metal detectors should be placed in every public school across America to ensure the safety of the school 's students and staff.
Often times in news reporting, data initially gathered can be found to be misleading or inaccurate due to the lack of the reporter's knowledge. This held true in the event of the school shooting that took place on the campus of Columbine high school in Littleton, Colorado on April 20th, 1999 in behalf of the frantic chaos. Dave Cullen gathers a wide variety of data on the myths, killers, and victims regarding the school shooting in order to construct a very precise report. Taking ten years to construct the story of Columbine was far from complicated when it came to figuring it out.
Sandy Hook Elementary school, it was a cool brisk day with nothing going wrong. That all changed in two and a half minutes. Imagine a classroom full of twenty children from ages six to seven, and a few teachers that just got out of college all in one room. The police had been called, but they couldn 't arrive fast enough to save twenty-six lives. Now imagine being the police officer that came into that room and saw twenty-seven dead bodies laying on the ground with the shooters head blown off (Sandy Hook). This is why teachers should be able to have the ability to carry a gun in the classroom not just for their own safety, but also for the safety of the the students. All the teachers had to do was defend the classroom for two and a half minutes and all those kids would have lived.
Abstract. With the recent increase of school shootings and violence it is imperative that we become aware what could be the cause behind these attacks as well as learning how to prevent them. The researcher in this paper sets out to distinguish if there is a significant relationship
Emma Gonzalez starts off her speech with a moment of silence to support her 17 fellow students who had recently lost their lives in a tragic shooting at her school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, just 4 days later. As Gonzalez speaks to a gun control rally, she uses multiple aggressive points to support her claim that a solution to the problem of gun violence needs to be found to assure that there will never be another mass shooting.