Essay on Gun Shooting on American Campus

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Reflection on Gun Shooting on American Campus

Nowadays the campus violence problem becomes a hot topic which arouses more and more people to be concerned about campus gun shooting. People in the world have heard and seen this kind of tragedy over and over in the news. The Safety of United States schools was seriously questioned by the world when in the news all we heard about was there was another shooting in an American high school or university. According to “School Shooting Statistics” which I searched from “Top10 Crimes” website, there are more than 40 shootings on American campus from 1996 – 2009. The gun shooting on American campus is a serious problem that is worth thinking about, because all the parents hope their children can
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I know that USA does have a gun law that controls the sale and usage of firearms, but the problem is why is the law not always effective? How and when can the USA government make gun laws more effective to reduce shooting in schools? In addition, except the gun laws, what can the school authorities do to reinforce the management of guns on campus? The tragic shootings at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007 shocked the nation. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Seung-Hui Cho, 23, male, who had a history of psychiatric problems, killed two fellow students in a dormitory on April 16, then took a detour to mail a hate-filled video of himself to NBC News, then shot dead 30 students and professors in a classroom building before killing himself. This tragic shooting was a good example to let people think about the underlying problems in society, school and family. Campus gun shooting is a wake-up call for Hollywood to regulate violence in movies, and it is a wake-up call to parents to better screen what movies and TV programs their children watch. I read an essay about the bad influence of television. It said that “By the time children reach school, they have spent one-third of their waking hours in front of the television”. We should realize that children are exposed to violence. They watch hours of murders, fights and crimes every week without parents’ supervision. What effects that mass media will bring
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