The Roots of Violence in the United States
I assume my readers are as upset as I am about the constant reports of many murders in the United States today. People are becoming increasingly anxious about shopping in malls because they fear deadly violence. Some of the following blogs are my opinion; the largest portion is facts discussed and reported by many experts.
Thou shall not murder (Hebrew: לֹא תִּרְצָח; lo tirṣaḥ), or You shall not kill (KJV), is a moral imperative included as one of the Ten Commandments.
From New York Magazine, April 24, 2023:
“America has never been more godless than it is today. In 2021, for the first time in U.S. history, most Americans did not belong to any religious congregation. At the turn of this century, only 8 percent of Americans did not identify with any religion; today, about a quarter of the U.S. public believes in “nothing in particular.”
From Bryan Goodman, American Psychological Association, 2020:
Faith in a time of crisis
Research shows why some people can find peace in their religion or spirituality.
The recent incidents of shooting and death in the United States have reached an all-time and shocking high. Mass shootings occur once time per week. Mass shootings include four or more people being wounded or killed. That does not include the incidence of individuals being shot or killed.
The United States is no stranger to violence, whether it manifests as street crime, mass shootings, or hate crimes. Although the country has witnessed a decline in violent crime rates over the past few decades, it remains a pertinent issue that demands attention. This essay aims to explore the reasons behind the prevalence of violence in the United States and offer a holistic understanding of this multifaceted problem.
- Socioeconomic Factors: Socioeconomic disparities play a significant role in perpetuating violence in the United States. Poverty and a lack of access to education and employment opportunities can contribute to an environment where individuals resort to crime to survive. Social marginalization and systemic discrimination can exacerbate resentment and frustration, leading to violent behavior. Addressing the root causes of economic inequality is crucial in curbing the cycle of violence.
- Gun Culture and Accessibility: The United States has a deeply ingrained gun culture, which has been historically tied to the nation’s values of individualism and self-reliance. Coupled with relatively lax gun control legislation, this has resulted in a high gun ownership rate. The ease of access to firearms can contribute to the prevalence of gun-related violence. A firearm in a conflict can escalate the situation and lead to fatal outcomes. Implementing stricter gun control measures could help reduce the number of firearms in circulation and decrease gun violence incidents.
- The Influence of Media: The role of media in propagating violence cannot be overlooked. Constant exposure to violent content through movies, television shows, video games, and social media can desensitize individuals, particularly the youth. These may contribute to normalizing violent behavior and increase the likelihood of individuals resorting to violence in their own lives. Encouraging responsible media consumption and promoting alternative conflict resolution methods can help mitigate media’s impact on violence.
- Mental Health Issues: Mental health issues are often an underlying factor in violence, with individuals suffering from untreated mental illnesses sometimes engaging in violent behavior. The stigmatization of mental health and the inadequacy of mental health care in the United States contribute to this problem. By improving access to mental health care and fostering a culture of understanding and support, the United States can address one of the root causes of violence.
- The Cycle of Violence: Violence often begets more violence, creating a vicious cycle difficult to break. Individuals exposed to violence as victims or witnesses are at an increased risk of perpetrating violence themselves. Early intervention programs, counseling, and support systems for individuals affected by violence can help to break this cycle and prevent the escalation of violent behavior
- Addictions: Alcohol and drug addiction cause people to be impulsive when they are more likely to exercise self-control when not under the influence.
- Addictions and guns: Being under the influence and having access to guns is deadly.
- Faith: Faith in a time of crisis
By addressing these root causes through policy changes, education, and community support, the United States can work towards a future with less violence and a greater sense of security for its citizens.
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