Gun Violence in New Orleans

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Gun Violence in New Orleans
Carolyn Mayo
November 11, 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 gun 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, neighbors 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...
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