Persuasive Essay On Gun Control

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On October 1st 2017, Steven Paddock shot and killed 58 people at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the course of 12 minutes, Paddock committed the worst mass shooting in modern American history. We must honor the victims and respect their memory, but we have to ask ourselves what we will do to prevent this in the future. The first and completely valid response to that question is enacting stricter gun control, but there is much more than that. We can increase funding for mental health treatment, we can take stricter security measures at hotels and concerts, however there is something major that needs to be changed that hardly ever gets talked about. It’s something that we are used to, that we have seen all throughout our…show more content…
Americans have gotten intellectually lazy, and violence doesn’t make them think. Violence gives us an adrenaline rush, and we have to keep consuming more to keep that rush going. After awhile, it becomes an addiction, and that’s where we are at now. There is something that crosses the line for us though, and it’s the human body. Americans are some of the most prudish people in the world, and we are constantly trying to suppress sexuality. Whether it’s censorship in media, abstinence focused sex education, or the shaming of sex workers, this country wants to keep anything remotely sexual out of view of the public. Why is it okay to show someone being brutally murdered on TV, but showing a woman’s breast is out of the question?

The increased violence in media has lead to the desensitization of the American public. Something that wouldn’t have made it to air 30 years ago would be considered normal today. We keep changing the boundaries of what is acceptable and what isn’t. Previously, violence was generally shown off screen, with the viewer filling in the blanks. A famous example of this is the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” You see Norman Bate’s shadow in the shower curtain, and the next thing you see is blood going down the drain. You knew what happened, but you didn’t need to be shown the stabbing. It did it’s job of scaring the audience without ever actually showing the death. Something like that now is

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