U.S.A. shootings & Gun control

Our next contemporary issue is related  to the movie Bowling for Columbine by Michael Moore we’re going to watch together in class.

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First of all I’d like you to read & listen to this article from Voice of America: Americans Debating Gun Control and answer these questions.

  1. How many Americans own a gun (according to 2005 report)?
  2. What does the Second Amendment state?
  3. What did the research, appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1990, suggest?
  4. What is the NRS and what does it claim?
  5. What happened to Trayvon Martin?
  6. What measures have suggested  to reduce gun violence?
  7. On the contrary what’s the point of view of the group Gun Owners of America?

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  • How do you feel after watching that ad? Do you think certain commercials could contribute to change people’s attitude towards the possession of guns?

Some people even believe that teachers should come to school armed in order to protect their pupils. How would that “me” make you feel?

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I took the next photo last July in Boston at the  “finish line” of the marathon in Boylston Street and it’s the site where During the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded at 2:49 pm, killing 3 people and injuring an estimated 264 others.The bombs exploded about 13 seconds and 210 yards (190 m) apart. This is what you see now, all those colored fabrics to  commemorate that tragedy … it’s really touching.

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I’m also adding a photo I took in Charlotte inside the elevator of our hotel right downtown in the very center of the city. It made me feel really uncomfortable and for the first time I actually “felt” how totally different our gun culture is from the America one.

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Before devoting our next session to the movie and the discussion I’d like you to read a CNNiReport I wrote last year following a shooting at Costal Carolina University.

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