The, Fort Hood, Aurora, And Charleston Have Become The Epicenter Of Gun Related Violence

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In recent times, Columbine, Fort Hood, Aurora, Newtown, and Charleston have become the epicenter of gun-related violence in the United States. Of the 12 deadliest shootings in the United States, six have happened from 2007 onward (Ehrenfreund, 2015). Each mass shooting event brought the gun debate to the national limelight. These tragic events make global headlines which invariably makes other developed countries conclude that the American society, with all its prosperity and standing as a world leader, is not able to contain this social menace.
Given that other advanced countries have far less gun-related violence within the period of time that these mass shootings occurred in the United States, there are social forces contributing to American habit of “returning to business as usual” after these incidents happen without any radical change in any shape or form towards curbing this trend. Sociologist have weighed in with their structural-functionalist theory which offers an explanation to the regularity of life prevailing in the aftermath of these events, by emphasizing on the interactions of the different social institutions such as the media, government, and interest groups, in pursuing other social needs of society when the gun debate stalls.
My position is that stricter gun laws will reduce homicides and crime because it will go a long way to prevent guns from getting into wrong hands. Not only should gun owners demonstrate that they are mentally stable to own a…

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