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Myths and heroes

A myth can be defined as a story about gods or heroes, a popular belief or a tradition or a false notion. A hero can be a mythological figure, a person who is admired for his or her achievements, a superhero or an icon. I decided to tell you about gun culture, it is considered as a myth because it is the tradition which is really a part of the history of United States of America. We will see If gun culture is anchored in USA's history ? Firt, I'm going to talk you about the development of gun culture and then about these negative aspects.

I.The development of gun culture

The second amendment of the Constitution of the United States of 1787 says that the right to carry weapons is allowed, but in the framework of a "milicia". This military force is accessible to all today, we can say that everyone can so possess a gun. During the war for independence, the colonists defended themselves by weapons against the British, allowing the birth of the United States. So, the carrying of weapons became an approach/initiative of defense in the American tradition. Nowadays, it is normal for the United States of America's people to have an arm with them. It is a part of their life.

There are about as many firearms in the United States of America as people.

Millions in United States of America passionately believe that their liberty and safety are depend on the easy availability of guns.

According to the NRA, “guns don't kill, people do it”.

Americans have always used a gun to defend themselves and their property ever since the early pioneers arrived in America.

The firearm is really a cultural object in USA. So that there are “gun shows” (fairs in weapons) where is presented all the arsenal available on the market. We go to family there, we try rifles, then we are going to train with his children on shooting ranges. It is a space of sociability as an other one.

II.Negatives perspectives

More than 75 people die each day in the United States of America as a result of gunfire, whether suicidal, homicidal or accidental.

In places where gun ownership is common, the rate of gun-related suivide is high.

Weapons are accessible to the parents, and also to the teenagers. By the time they reach the age of 15, American teenagers have already witnessed tens of thousands of acts of violence on televion, at the cinema with violent movies. Furthermore, teenagers are also influenced by violent songs of singers as these of Marylin Manson.

As a consequence, these weapons urge the teenagers to commit murders which they would never have previously commited.

Several attempts occurred in secondary schools as to Colombine where two pupils made armed and killed 12 pupils, a professor, and damaged 24 other students; or still the attempt to Newtown and we say that the Adam Lanza's mother, the murderer of Newtown, possessed many weapons and took her son in these gun shows.

From my point of view, I can say that gunfire is really a cultural object in Unites States of America


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