AEE 447: Guns in the United States and a Call to Action from The New Yok Times

gun control in American culture

Today we’re going to talk about something a bit more serious and somewhat sad.

We were really disturbed by what happened a few weeks ago in San Bernadino California.

A group of people were killed at a social services center.

It comes back to the question: Why is it so easy for people to get their hands on guns in the United States?

Here are some vital statistics:

  • About 1/3 of all Americans with kids under 18 have a gun in the house
  • Rural residents and older adults are more likely to have a gun (more so than urban residents)
  • Republicans are more likely than democrats to have a gun

*Statistics are from the Pew Research Center

The New York Times published a front page editorial urging the government to end the epidemic of guns in the United States.

You can read the editorial here.

 

Guns in the English language:

  • “To jump the gun”- This comes from the idea of using guns in a horse race and it means to start something prematurely, before it’s the right time
  • “To ride shotgun.”- To ride in the front seat of the car.
  • “To be under the gun.”– To be under pressure for something such as a deadline
  • “To stick to your guns”– To stick to your morals and to do what you say you’re going to do, to be in integrity

 

Leave us a comment below. What is the situation with gun control in your country?

What do you think about the situation in the United States?

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