Violence in American Culture

Are we an inherently violent culture or one that is obsessed with safety, that’s the question.  I believe America is a violent culture based on how different situations are handled. We can look at the foundation of this country by reviewing some of our historical events.  Going back to the slaves era, we can see the violence involved in using free labor in America. When Lincoln was preparing to abolish slavery, America’s response was the Civil war. When alcohol was banned in the prohibition era, America responded with the rise of organized crime. The violence that took place in these past events was focused, deliberate, with a more cause and effect type of position. The violence was either to defend or take a stance on a position.  There was a less tendency for random acts of violence.

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Al Capone – American Gangster

Moving forward, theviolence in our society has changed.  Technological advances have eased the ability to obtain more dangerous types of weapons. Our society has created such an insidious, horrific, and unimaginable level of violence.  Murders are even willing to target our most vulnerable victims with outrageous combat weapons.  Looking at some of the massacres that have occurred at our schools in the last 15 years have been horrific.

 

The Columbine high school massacre, which occurred in 1999, resulted in the deaths of 12 students and 1 teacher an additional 24 students injured. The massacre that took place at Columbine High School rejuvenated dominant debates on gun control.  However, that was not enough to make major changes.  On April 16, 2007 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University massacre was the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history.  A single gunman came to the campus and killed 33 students and injured at least 15 people.  This massacre is a reflection of how violent people in America can be.  The severity of this massacre caused the State of Virginia to rethink and change their gun laws in order to prevent this type of tragedy.  The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that occurred last year killed 20 students between the ages of 6 and 7.

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This shooter targeted the kids, and killed 6 adults who got in his way. This was the second deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history.  He used an assault rifle to kill little kids in a classroom. This was such an outrage to our country.  Our young children are vulnerable and innocent and now when you look on the faces of the kids who survived you see fear. This event is so absurd, and has created chaos in our country.  It is unimaginable, and yet as a nation we are still trying to work through a solution.

The random acts of violence in this country have created such a demand for gun control.  History has painted the picture of violence, and now is the time that we implement some types of Gun Control to prevent a repeat of history.