Teens And Guns Violence In America Essay

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Teens And Guns: Violence In America Essay, Research Paper Introduction: Guns have become a wide-spread problem in today?s schools. It is partially due to their glorification in movies and music. Over the past few years, movies and music have taken violent turns and have been filled with tragedy. Gangster Rap made it?s way up from the underground in the early 90?s with stars such as Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg. Their record label, Deathrow Records, led the way. Later, though, the addition of the late Tupac Shakur to Deathrow?s payroll proved to be a big step in the wrong direction. Tupac Shakur, who was born in New York, moved out west to join his Deathrow counterparts leaving behind the rest of the Eastcoast Rappers. Conflict arouse and the friendship Tupac had with another

late star, The Notorious B.I.G., was torn apart. The Notorious B.I.G., whose real name is Christopher Wallace, was in the recording studio with Bad Boy Records producer Sean ?Puffy? Combs late one night. Tupac went to visit his friend and was stabbed and robbed right outside the studio door. Bad Boy was thought to be behind it. This increased the tension between The East and West Coasts. By the time the on going battle ended, Shakur and Wallace were dead, both victims of drive-by shootings. Problems in the music industry have been ongoing. Looking back further to the early 90?s, Grunge Rock was becoming popular. Such bands as Nirvana and Pearl Jam were leaders of this new wave of music. Nirvana was the biggest star of all. Lead singer Kurt Cobain (married to Courtney Love, the

lead singer for Hole) was about to have a baby when he committed suicide. The news sent shockwaves throughout the industry and throughout America. Young teens were left stunned and crying that their favorite artist decided to take his own life. Movies further glorified guns and violence throughout the decade. Movies like Pulp Fiction and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels involved guns and drugs. New Jack City is a modern gangster epic. There are many others that use violence as a primary form of entertainment. Movies such as these may have influenced the students that attended Columbine High School in Colorado. These are just a few of the reasons I thought of when choosing a topic to survey. I chose to try to find out why guns were used and what provoked people to use them.

Analysis I found many interesting facts looking through my surveys. However, I feel as though some of them are tainted. Some of the people I handed surveys to did not take them seriously and tried to give answers merely for the ?shock value.? Also, when I passed the surveys out to people their friends took a copy too, so diversity is a problem (?…birds of a feather…?) The people I surveyed were all males around seventeen years old with few exceptions; this narrowed the field even more. Questions 2 and 3 on my survey were used to find out who owned a gun or who had access to a gun through a relative or friend. The findings here are most relevant. Sixteen percent of the people surveyed did not have access to a gun in anyway, 48% have access to a gun through a family member or a

friend, while 36% of the people own their own gun. I believe the most tainted fact found, however, was the answer to question number six. This question asked what was most important to the survey takers personally. The most common answer amongst the males was sex. I feel they responded this way because they thought it was the ?macho? thing to do. My Reaction: After gathering information and researching my topic, I found that you often cannot rely on seventeen-year-old guys to give you a straight, honest, mature answer to anything. This holds true especially when they are surrounded by their friends. They try to act either funny or macho and their answers often don?t match what they are really feeling about the topic. I think the phrase to best fit this situation would be ?boys