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Unformatted text preview: 1Charles Littles UNST 110-43 11/20/06 Why is violence in America so high? America has one of the highest rates of violence in the world. Many people feel that this is attributed to by many different factors. Some feel that the high rate in violence is caused by artificial violence on television or in video games, some feel that it is caused by the amount of real violence that children maybe exposed to on a daily basis. But what I’m going to take a look at is the factor that guns play in the role of high violence rates in America. Most of the violence that takes place in America is caused by young adults in a age range of eighteen to twenty-five. Most people would accredit this to one of the other factors that I mentioned before such as artificial violence. Actually there was a study that was shown by Brandon Centerwall, the study showed the relationship between television viewing frequency at age eight to the seriousness of crimes committed by age thirty. The study that Centerwall showed had 875 children involved and was conducted from 1960 to 1981 by Leonard Eron and L. Rowell Husemann of the university of Illinois. Both men who conducted the study were psychology majors, the results of the survey basically showed that children that watched a lot of television at the age of eight were more likely to commit a serious crime by the age of 30. But I feel that theses findings are inconclusive because if a child watched a high amount of violent television this would only account for 10 percent fo the aggressive behavior that was displayed by the child by the time that they were 18 years old. This information can be found, when one takes a closer look at the study don by Leonard Eron and L. Rowel Husemann. The main reason why violence is so high in America is because of guns, and one of the main reasons that is so is because of the way that Americans feel about gun possession. A study done by Clark Ann Cooke took a look at three different major area America, Great Britain, and western Australia. One of the studies that she did showed how each area feels about its citizens being able to carry guns for self-protection. The results of this study showed that the Americans believe that their citizens should be able to carry guns for self-protection. In fact, the Americans believe that their citizens should be able to carry guns for self-protection....
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- Spring '08
- Gun violence in the United States