Gun Violence in New Orleans Carolyn Mayo November 1 1, 2013 Gun violence in the United States is a problem that has plagued this country since I was a child. I know this because I have been the victim of gun crimes on more than one occasion. Gun laws in this country need to be changed in order to stop the ever increasing occurrences of violent crimes involving guns. Taking a stand against gun violence calls for more background checks (Brown, M. (09-06-2013).
During a study completed between February 2010 and September 2011 689 victim were asked about un ownership and how they obtained their firearms, surveys included their history of drug use and alcohol consumption, and gauged their attitudes on violence and revenge a 32. 1% said “revenge” is a good thing (Healy, M. (07-08-2013). The bottom line democrats might have a tough time reviving gun control in the wake of new findings that nonfatal gun crimes have plummeted 69 percent (Barrett, P. M. (2013). All of these articles speak on gun violence and control.
This gets even harder when it comes to children’s lives being taken. So, again someone needs to take a stand against gun violence before we end up into another war. Maybe a background check will help; it’s a start to try and stop the violence and having guns into the wrong hands. Growing up in the city of New Orleans, there was always a mixture of fun and panic. You could sit outside, enjoying the cool breeze while watching the neighborhood residents play volleyball, football or Just dancing out in the streets.
You’d go on to use whatever was available to have a good time and make the most out of such limited resources. Hanging outside enjoying the innocence of childhood was almost always interrupted by the sounds of rapid gun fire. Following shouts, eighbors ran and voices screamed turning the block into a deserted island. No more football, no more playing outside, no more anything. As far as New Orleans is culture and atmosphere to experience different events. Like the Essence Festival, Jazz Fest, Mardi Gras, or Just to tour the French Quarters.
But there is so much crime poverty here beyond the beauty of the French Quarters, drugs, homelessness and other situations often go unnoticed by tourists. When walking home from school one day after practice trying to get home because it was getting late, and I saw two men rguing with each other and the other man pulled out a gun a shot the other man right in front of me. I covered my eyes until the gunman left and then I ran home to tell my mother. I didn’t want to go to school anymore; it took me at least three to four week before I would come out side again.
It gave me nightmares and I kept seeing it flash in front of me over and over again. Another time I went to the grocery store for my mother Just to pick up a few things, upon leaving the store, I was walking up the street and this guy pulled a gun on me, telling me to “give me your money’. I ropped the things that I had in my hand and gave him the money and then I ran home. I was so out of it; when my mother asked me “where is the food”, and I responded to her “l was robbed” and she called the police. The police came out to take the report and wanted me to give a description of the guy.
But all I could remember was that he had on a white tee shirt and blue Jeans. With that said the officer responded to me “you Just described every black male in New Orleans”. It was then that I realized the weight that gun accessibility plays upon others. “Gun violence” is killing America’s children today. Gun violence” in America’s schools has emerged as a growing and disturbing trend. These acts of senseless violence should not be an acceptable occurrence in any community: suburban, urban, or rural (The United Methodist Church, 2004).
The United States is the only country in the world that treats gun ownership as a fundamental, human right; it’s a privilege-not a right- in every other country but America. In countries like Israel and Sweden, you must prove that you have a need to own a gun before you’re given a right to own one Geff Nesbit, October 25, 2013). It’s easy for anyone to get a gun these days, no matter the ge or race. Every day when you turn the news on you are seeing that someone has been shot and/or killed due to kids getting a hold to their parent’s guns.
For whatever reason it is important to educate children on safety as it relates to his/her safety ability to remain safe and unharmed. References Healy, Melissa (07/08/2013). Guns, Violence, Revenge: Talking to Victims in an Urban ER. Brown, Matt (09/06/2013). Taking a Stand Against gun Violence: At Rally in Downtown Santa Rosa, Protesters and Public Officials Call for More Background Checks. Barrett, P. M. (2013). Good News on Guns, Bad News for Gun Control.