The two articles that I have read were “Connecticut School Shooting ‘An Attack on America’” by Ted Anthony and “The Price of Gun Control by Dan Baum. All around I believe these articles were both very interesting and both took different perspectives on the issues of guns in America. Both Anthony and Baum illustrated the different problems that we have in America and our communities with gun control and gun violence. But, they both brought the text together to relate it on a personal level. I enjoyed reading both texts and connecting to each one on a different level.
First, I think that In an interview with Officer Warren G. Haywood of the NOPD, he said that guns are obtained illegally through loopholes. Those who have these guns are fugitives from justice, illegal aliens, unlawful users of certain drugs. High crimes rates have resulted in this city be one of American most dangerous city according to the Travel and Leisure magazine that is located in New York, and is the most read magazine in New York. When this magazine analyzed the city of New Orleans critically, it learned that among many cities in the country New Orleans has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the United States. For the last decade, statistics have shown that the murder rate is four to six times higher than the national average. To solve this problem I think implementation of stiffer prison sentences for gun crimes, and gun buy-backs could be of some use to prevent firearm related
The Orlando nightclub shooting in Florida on June 12, 2016 was the single largest massacre in U.S history, taking the lives of 50 individuals, including the shooter himself, and injuring 53 others. This is one extreme example of the gun violence that has been occurring in this country, but mass shootings like this and the one at Newton in 2012 are only a small part of our gun violence issue. The everyday gun violence that takes place in cities all across the United States claims the lives of thousands every single year. According to The Guardian, 33,500 civilians die each year because of gun brutality- “that’s about 1 life every 15 minutes” (Beckett). Between the years of 1999 and 2013, there were 464,003 gun deaths in the U.S, about 58% of them were suicides 37% were homicides. (ProCon.org) Gun violence and the consequences of that violence, have become a real and dangerous problem in the U.S , why else would the CDC list the United States as having the highest rate of gun violence out of all developed countries today? (Gale Opposing Viewpoints) This issue is not just attributable to a single factor, there are several that play an important part in why gun violence is such an issue in the U.S, namely laws and poverty; and in these causes we can also find solutions.
How to Put an End to Gun Violence in Toronto According to the Toronto Police Service, in 2016 alone there has been an astonishing 190 incidents involving gun violence, with 39 of them resulting in death. This has been a 50% increase from the previous year. So how must we combat this incessant and utterly unnecessary bloodshed on the streets of Toronto? Well, first we must make a distinction that guns do not kill people, but rather, people kill people. This highlights that gun violence is not primarily due to the weapon itself, but the social conditions that instigate such altercations. Therefore, we must make an effort to increase the communal services available to those situated in areas with a history of gun violence. Particularly, these
The United States is home to approximately 5% of the world’s population and 31% of all mass shootings. Through these mass shootings and various other methods of gun violence, tens of thousands of people die every year. These gun-related deaths primarily originate from murder and children accidentally shooting themselves. Although those in favor of gun control tend to believe that guns should be terminated completely, the second amendment prevents lawmakers from being able to do so. Therefore, in order to combat these causes, alternative gun control solutions must be made for each one. Gun-related murders can be decreased through the use of universal background checks. Additionally, accidental shootings can be minimized through the
According to the Toronto police, an Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy was a necessary investment in wake of increasing gun violence among poor (primarily black) youth in the city of Toronto, which peaked to its ultimate high in the year 2005 known as the ‘year of the gun’. A media spectacle of the Toronto’s gang violence primarily involving young black men from poor inner suburban
In the African American community, 83 percent of homicides are due to gun violence. In black communities gun violence is commonly misunderstood as gang affiliation, which is false. Studies show over 50 percent of gun crimes committed were not related to a felony, but were due to some disagreement. The gun epidemic in predominantly black communities aren’t just disagreements, but race wars, police brutality, gang related, and even no reason at all.
Gun Violence Guns have been is society for centuries. They have been used for hunting, war, and even safety. However, in the past several years they have begun to take the lives of many innocent victims, often young children. In response to the killings in Newtown, Conn., it has been noted, “If this were a country, the number of children killed by gun violence would violate international law.” (Browne-Marshall) F.B.I. data shows in 2011, 1,668 African American children were killed due to guns. Day by day gun violence is rising and it is not only in ghetto neighborhoods.
One of the biggest potential problems however, is society. Chicago’s government affects violence by creating a disadvantageous environment within communities. Certain areas within Chicago have experienced the brunt of this through the closing of public schools and overall lack of funding. This results in children traveling far distances to school or even families taking time out of their work day to drive their children. Without easily accessible education and the funds for schools to create opportunities to keep children off the streets, children are at a higher risk to participate in anti-social behaviors. Another societal cause results from the stigma that certain Chicago communities are inherently dangerous. Just as a self-fulfilling prophecy may cause an individual diagnosed with schizophrenia to develop schizophrenic symptoms, a public perception that a community is violent may cause individuals within that community to act out
Chicago has the highest gang population in the United States (www.huffingtonpost.com) and the highest amount of gun related murders to boot. As an effect of these crimes, many of the targets are not the rich and the powerful but instead are the weak and the poor. Those that cannot defend themselves to a great extent, they are seen as easy targets that will soon give up if it has taken too long to find the culprits. Since the underclass is the primary target for crime from the underclass it is like they are just undermining themselves in order to gain some type or upper hand on the next man that holds no real bearing. Even when taking “good moral” individuals some have turned to crime because they see no other way to make means for themselves or their loved ones. Some of these people have been laid off and have no other source of income, their back is against a wall and they want out. They want so badly to have money again so that they survive and not live on the streets like they see others, so they commit crimes for others that will pay. It is because of this desperation that violent crimes still thrive and until people realize this then violent crime will still keep the underclass suppressed. (www.clombia.edu)
The expansion of the western frontier was in a time where groups had conflict concerning political, social, cultural, and economic power. In Chicago there are still high rates of crime, especially gun violence, the gangs of Chicago fighting for their turf, and the police trying to rid the city of these gangs. There were many conflicts with the Native Americans as the new nation expanded westward. In present day, gangs acting as movement of people in urban areas in Chicago to rise against the system. The Western Expansion and the Chicago Turf Wars are similar in which the they aim to fight to establish their territories, secure their power and grow yet differentiate because of their reasons as to why they do, the gangs want to find somewhere
In the movie Chi-raq, Spike Lee shows us how gun violence can cause a major mental and physical impact in the communities and how firearms and guns are much misused in today’s world and society. Firearms and guns were made for self-defense and protection against an attacker, but in America we seem to misuse them. However, gun violence has played a major role in today’s crime rates and has affected our neighborhood. Guns have been used for many crimes including murders, robbery, and aggravated assaults according to Cooper, Alexia, and Erica Smith. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1). In the beginning of the film of Chi-raq, it involves a shoot-out in the neighborhoods of Chicago and he shows us that not only guns violence affects gang members
For years, people in New Haven have been brainstorming strategies to help prevent gun violence in the communities. With the identifying the factors contributing to gun violence, community organizers have come up with strategies that are specifically related to them. The main priority is to completely remove guns from the streets of New Haven. Right now, there are two gun buy back programs in New Haven that are lead by Yale New haven Hospital and the New Haven Police Department (City-Wide). The purpose of this program is for people to turn in un-registered guns and receive money in return. Some argue that the gun buy-back program does not prevent gun violence because they are taking guns from law abiding citizens who would never use them in a crime and do not reach those who are likely to use them in a crime (Cameron). In New Haven, guns in the streets travel from people to people and at some point, it can fall into the hands of a person who is anticipating on shooting someone. That is all that it takes. One of the most successful gun buy-back programs held in new Haven was August 6, 2016. That day, The New Haven Police Department was able to retrieve one hundred and twenty-seven operable firearms. They took in eighty-five handguns, thirty-eight rifles and shotguns and four assault weapons (Wilkins). In the past five years, the New Haven Police Department has collected over five hundred guns from the gun buy–back programs.
Handguns were used most often in homicides, most cases being in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s before falling to a low in 2008 (Cooper, et al.). Most gun involvement occurs with gang related activity, which increased from 73% in 1980 to 92% in 2008 (Cooper, et al.). The percentage of homicide victims killed with a gun increased with age of the victim until age 17, where it peaked at 79% and declined thereafter (Cooper, et al.). The sharp increase in homicides from the mid-1980’s through the early 1990’s, and much of the subsequent decline, is attributable to gun violence by teens and young adults (Cooper, et al.). From 1980 to 2008, more
Gun Violence Prevention Lit Review Chapter I - Introduction A literature review of gun violence prevention is being undergone as part of this submittal. This research is important because gun violence has been a plague in the United States and the United Kingdom, among other places, for much of the recent century