Gun Violence: Lillian Rubin's 'Guns And Grief'

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Alex Barr Kimla Virden Comp I. 10-24-11 Gun Violence Gun Violence has been an issue in America for several years. Everybody has their own opinion on it and no one can seem to come to a conclusion on the right answer. Michael Moore in Bowling for Columbine states his opinions and gets other opinions as well. Lillian Rubin who wrote “Guns and Grief” gives several reasons as to why Cho Seung-Hui might have fired at Virginia Tech. Lillian Rubin says that weapons are too accessible. Cho Seung-Hui was able to buy two semi-automatic pistols, a Glock 9 mm and a Walther P22 along with all the ammo, no questions asked. Cho walked onto Virginia Tech campus and fired close to two hundred rounds on April 16, 2007. Cho killed thirty-two people and…show more content…
In Flint, MI a first grader brought a gun to school and shot a girl in his class. His mom was out of town for welfare to work. They had just moved into his uncle’s house which is where he got the gun. Why did his uncle have a loaded gun in the house and better yet to where it was accessible to the child? Why hadn’t his mother checked the house to make sure everything was safe for her children? Hearing stories of young children do harm with such weapons can bring a thought of whether or not parents are still paying attention to and watching their children these days. Michael Moore shared that media feeds fear into the public. The media puts violent acts as top stories in America, yet in Canada, there is not as much violence at all. Toronto, Canada is only about a three to four hour drive from Detroit, Michigan. The news media in Canada doesn’t have violent acts as top stories. There are about ten million homes in Canada and about seven million guns, but residents of Canada leave their doors unlocked and trust others. Residents of Canada also stereo-type Americans as very violent, but is this a stereo-type or is it simply the…show more content…
In the same year not a single Japanese child died of gunshot wounds. Great Britain had nineteen deaths, Germany fifty-seven, France one hundred nine, and Canada one hundred fifty-three. (Rubin 352.) Yes, people will continue to kill each other even if we ban guns, but all the evidence including plain common sense, says they can’t do it so efficiently and in such large numbers without the aid of a gun. Rubin is one of many that believe that guns should be made illegal, but if guns are made illegal, how is it fair to those that are safe with guns? How is it fair to those who use guns to hunt and put food on the table? But whether guns are legal or illegal, people are still going to have them. Having guns legal makes it a little easier to get them and may make some people upset. Make the guns illegal, it would probably upset a lot of people and give people more of an adrenaline rush to have

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