opinion Essay
865 words
865 words


Violence. Mentioning the word conjures up images of assault, abuse, and even murder. In today's American society, violence is more prevalent now then ever. Annually, we see violence statistics rise and are left to wonder why.
Each year 1 person out of every 40 is the victim of a violent crime. Everyone wants to find an answer a problem that is in great need of solving. But where do we look to find the answers? What causes people to behave in a violent fashion? There are several factors that will cause people to act violently.
Maybe if we explore the reasons for the behavior, and address these issues, we will win our battle with violence.
Drug and alcohol abuse in this country has always been around, but recently numbers are hitting all time highs. From 1992 to 1995, drug use among teenagers almost doubled. Drugs and alcohol are both mind altering agents which cause people to do things that they would not normally do or intensify the emotions that they feel. I believe that many violent acts are due to people being under the influence of some type of narcotic or alcohol.
In a survey conducted in the University of Tennessee for the Department of Health, the effects of drug abuse on violence were studied. It was found that almost 56% of drinkers also used drugs while drinking. Interestingly, white males were found to be more abusive than black males. The study showed direct links...

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that the highest drug abuse numbers are seen in the teen year's age group.
  • Analyzes how the type of behavior a person was exposed to had an impact on their behavior.
  • Cites a study done in 1987 on children, ages 4 to 11, staying in domestic environments.
  • Opines that to combat this problem, we need to teach women, or men, as the solution.
  • Opines that children should also be educated on it at an early age so that they too can pick.
  • Opines that many people have died for the right to be accepted, and many have been killed.
  • Explains that each year 1 person out of every 40 is the victim of a violent crime. everyone wants to find an answer, but where do we look for the answers?
  • Explains that boys who have been exposed have 17 times more behavior and emotional problems later on in life.
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