Gun casualties and incidents throughout the country have woken the public up from its ignorance and shown them the danger guns can pose to society (Martinez, 2013). While some people want a complete blanket ban on the ownership of guns, others wants an easier access to guns so that every person may look after their own security. Part of what makes the term gun control a very controversial topic is that it’s used in a ambiguous way that does not explain the details of the issue and the demands, apart from literally controlling guns. The two prominent sides of the debate are the groups who ask for liberal gun laws that make it easier for a person to procure guns and conversely, there are groups who want to repeal the second amendment. I personally am a strong believer that an “ideal society” should have no guns; nevertheless crime is a big problem to the citizens of our society and guns are necessary.
Competition among fellow teens leads to jealousy and jealousy leads to violent acts.Television, radio, and news papers are all ways of transferring messages to people. One might see a violent movie and decide to re-enact the scenes thus causing harm to one’s self or to others. Hidden meanings of racism and hate are put into music. Teens hear the words of their supposed role models and think it is OK to follow in their foot steps.Study show that every north American child will see up to 200,000 violent in the media by the time they turns 18 according to kids health. Constant exposure to violence, whether it is tales of real life violence on the news or fictitious film or television violence, makes a teenager desensitized to the realities and consequences of violence.
The Fundamentalist Perspective on Violence In the United States, violence is a major problem that is getting only worse. Not only is it glorified on almost every television show, but some of the most tragic acts of violence make headlines on major news stations daily across the country. Although the media portrays violent acts constantly, people are desensitized to the magnitude of the problem. Many people feel like the problem is so far away from them that they should not worry about it. It’s the mentality that “if I’m not looking for violence, I won’t find it.” Unfortunately, for those victims at recent school and mall shootings, violence found them.
Up to that point, this was the most significant school shooting massacre in American history. This massacre sparked an issue that was lurking in the minds of the American people – gun control. Many people think the issue of gun control just comes down to whether guns are legal or illegal. However, it delves much deeper than that; the argument has many different viewpoints with different objectives and different solutions for problems associated with gun control. The overall question that summarizes the topic may be seen as this – Is the right to bear arms more important than the safety of the general public?
This scenario happens too often in the United States. America’s youth is unable to cope with difficulties in their lives and subsequently they are able to acquire a firearm and shoot fellow classmates in schools across the country. If students were unable to obtain a firearm due to stricter gun control laws, then the school shootings would seize to happen. However, in the present day United States, people seem to be able to obtain a firearm easier than obtaining a car on a car lot. Every day eight American children and teenagers die from gun violence.
These were mass shootings in very public places, schools. Between the years of 1996-2013 a total of 84 attackers committed 77 attacks on schools in 15 countries killing 502 students and teachers and wounding 496 others worldwide. (See Table 1) It is my belief that these attacks were orchestrated upon the most helpless in our society in order to incite mass fear and chaos! Each crime was perpetrated with both handguns and rifles, or what these days are referred to as “assault rifles.” The term “assault rifle” is yet another mainstream media scare tactic designed solely for fear because many believe that for a civilian to possess what looks like a military weapon they must intend to murder. Hatred of other people because of race or status and the belief that “Someone” is holding them back is truly what is at the heart of killing and that guns are just the tool of choice.
Bullying in Schools and How We as a Nation Can Stop It Brittney Still DeVry University Bullying in Schools and How We as a Nation Can Stop It Bullying happens everywhere. It can be found on the news, in the paper, and even online. The statistics are alarming and if we, as a nation, do not do something now to stop it, it will only get worse. Bullying needs to be at the forefront of every parent’s mind and in the media until a solution is found. A recent article states that about 77% of students have admitted to being the victim of a bully.
Cloud expresses that the United States is falling prey to a new form of bulling and because there is no set guidelines for this new form of bulling many of young Americans are dyeing and he states that something needs to be done to stop it. John Cloud expresses cyber bulling is on the rise, and not getting any better therefore something needs to be done to stop these deaths. Clouds explaines different examples of how cyber bulling has affected the United States. Such as on October first a mother and father were forced to burry their thirteen-year-old child due to cyber bulling. It was said that a friend had filmed this thirteen-year-old boy kissing another male teen.
Violence has always been prevalent in America and in American families, affecting parents and influencing their very own children. In Dudley Erksine Devlin's article, “Children and Violence in America,” Devlin analyzes as to why there is increasing violence among the younger age groups of society–children and teenagers. He points out that Americans believe that violence comes from either, TV and movies or from a social level. He tells the reader not to be deceived by Americas “either/or” thought process and consider his opinion “that the news media themselves are the underlying cause of our crisis” (par. 3) One point, Devlin Argues, is that violence seems to be cut out of the screens of television and movies and pasted onto the minds of children and teens.
Where does one draw the line between individual freedom and the safety of the community? Recent tragedies in high schools around the country show a great increase in teen violence. The worst part it that these acts of violence aren’t just fights and shootings; they are planned mass murders in our high schools. No more poignant example brings into focus the question of individual freedom and safety for the school community. Does individual freedom mean that students can bring whatever they want, including weapons, to school?