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Prose Reader “We Are Training Our Kids to Kill”

Understanding Details

1. According to Grossman, the “virus of violence” is referring to the increase of murder, attempted murder, and assault rates in not only America but many places around the world. Although the population has been increasing, both the assault and murder rate are significantly high. Grossman quotes, “Today, both our assault rate and murder rate are at phenomenally high levels. Both are increasing worldwide” (Paragraph 6) Then he continues giving examples of the rising assault and murder rates in different parts of the world. For example,” In Canada, according to their Center for Justice, per capita assaults increased almost fivefold between 1964 and 2002, attempted
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For instance, in South Carolina there was a kid facing the death penalty for murdering a father of two. The boy and his friend thought it would be funny to rob a store and ended up killing a man. When the boy was asks why he killed the man he says, “ I don’t know. It was a mistake. It wasn’t supposed to happen.” (Paragraph 38) He never intended to do what he did that day, it was a natural reaction he had developed from video games. When experiencing intense moments whilst playing video games, your heart rate increases. Because of this, every time your heart rate increases, you get sparks of stimulus that sets you off. This idea is made apparent when he concludes, “…kids who have never picked up a gun in their lives pick up a real gun and are incredibly accurate. Why? Video games.” (Paragraph 41) In conclusion we are training our kids to kill by allowing them to train via the media but mainly video games.

Analyzing Meaning

1. In the United States, Grossman believes, “the first is the increased imprisonment of violent offenders.” (Paragraph 4) Likewise if it weren’t for the high imprisonment rate, the assault and murder rate would undoubtedly be even higher. The second factor Grossman believes is controlling the murder rate in the United States is advancement of medical technology. Over a long period of time our knowledge of science has been enlightened and it has reflected our medical technology. We now have a much higher chance of saving people from injuries than

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