McViolence in McAmerica
The United States was born in a spirit of freedom and democracy, yet also with a strong belief in the use of individual and group violence. The Revolutionary War lasted seven years and succeeded in its goal of a new and independent nation. It also began our two-century-long love affair with the gun, as four hundred thousand victorious citizen-soldiers helped proclaim the right to bear arms (Goldstein 480).
America was born with a gun in hand and the desire to use it. But where did the violence begin and what can Americans do to stop it? These are the questions American's repeat every time they encounter violence in our fair country. Arnold Goldstein's "Violence in America" and The Violence Policy Center's "Teddy Bears", conclude that America is a violent nation.
What caused America to be so violent? It seems that America's fascination with violence began during the civil war. It continues to claim importance in the minds of Americans even to this day. Throughout the centuries following the war, America's fascination with violence has been fueled by particular circumstances. It's written that during the eighteenth century, during the migration to the western United States, "Self-reliance, independence, and impatience with the poorly developed laws and law enforcement of the day were also part of this mentality (Goldstein 481)." Because of this save yourself mentality, people began to take the law into their owns hands and dole out local justice. People wanted to be the rugged law enforcer that saved the day. That particular myth seemed to be the most well know, but the leas...
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...es more immune to it, The Violence Policy Center writes warning posters about it, and Arnold Goldstein can write an essay about how the violence in America started. So even though the Revolutionary War gave our country freedom, it also began a losing battle with violence that ceases to release America from its cold steel hands.
Goldstien, Arnold P. "How Did We Get Here?" Violence In America. Creating America: Reading and Writing Arguments. Eds. Joyce Moser and Ann Watters. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2002 (480-482).
Violence Policy Center. "Teddy Bears." Creating America: Reading and Writing Arguments. Eds. Joyce Moser and Ann Watters. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2002 (491-492).
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