Causes Of Gun Violence

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One real issue we must deal with in order to expect the amount of gun violence to go down is the entertainment with which children now grow up with. In movies, superheroes used to be blemishless and charismatic always choosing the right, and supervillains were evil and outrageous almost to the point of being silly. But now, superheroes are becoming more and more corrupted showing their signs of weakness as they struggle to make the right decisions. Supervillains are now becoming more relatable to the audience and sometimes their terrible actions are interpreted as understandable. Video games, in just the last decade have gone from games like Mario and Sonic to disturbingly realistic first-person shooter games where the line between game and …show more content…
Lee Habeeb, a University of Virginia School of Law graduate, explains the connection, “When young men don’t have fathers, they don’t learn to control their masculine impulses … those men will seek out masculine love — masculine acceptance — where they can find it. Often, they find it in gangs.” When young men do not have responsible role models in their lives they are more likely to find irresponsible role models. The problem of the family breaking down in America is no secret, and some of its causes are also not too hard to pin down. When the United States is dishing out a trillion dollars in welfare each year to single mothers (Ferrara), it does not help stabilize families. While welfare may not be the cause of broken families, the fact that any broken home will have plenty of welfare to fall back on, is not incentive to maintain …show more content…
More than 100,000 people are shot every year, amounting to an average of 289 people per day. Of those shot each day, 86 of them die, 30 of them being murdered (Djansezian). Gun violence is a problem, that is certain. However, gun restrictions that make it harder for law abiding citizens to obtain firearms is not the way to go. Rather, more concealed permits, with greater education on guns and the harm they can cause are the answer. Reforming welfare to require the able-bodied to work for government help, would start to mend the problem of fatherlessness (Ferrara). As Americans we should also look at the type of media we are exposing our kids to and determine the best ways to shield them from negative influences while they are impressionable. In addition we should pay closer attention to the mental health of children, especially those reaching the age where they can purchase firearms. If we can make an honest effort to change the way we convey violence in our society and seek to target the roots of violence, we can make our country a better

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