Gun violence is something that has become too common in the United States. In the last couple of years our nation has witnessed horrible events like massacres at movie theaters and elementary schools. Right after a horrible event like that people usually try to find someone or something to blame. Politicians try to push for gun control laws and religious leaders say that America needs more of God in their life. There are others who think that the violent American media is the one to blame. Many people have many theories to explain this horrible trend that has taken place in our nation. Documentaries like “Bowling for Columbine” by Michael Moore try to take different approaches to explain this unprecedented event.
I don’t believe that any of these reasons are to blame completely for the shootings that have happened recently. Our society as a whole has change drastically, and the combination of all these things explain why there has been so much gun violence. People see guns in movies, video games, and even use them for hunting. 100 years ago a kid didn’t see nearly as many guns as a kid does today. Now our society makes it normal for children to be exposed to violent images which gives ideas to people with malicious intentions.
Last year I went to Honduras, a third world country where the way of living is completely different from the one in North Texas. They do have access to cable tv and internet and most of the stuff that we use everyday, but they choose not to use it. The television is not the main entertainment, but more of a last resort item. Kids spend most of their time playing with other kids in the neighborhood and at the park. At my grandparents house there are more than 5 guns and are constantly used for hunting and things of that nature. In fact, most of the households in that country have at least one gun, but school and movie shootings don’t happen. Like in any other region of the world, violence does exist but in a different form.