This article is all about numbers. There are over 357 million guns in the United States while the US population is only 317 million. There are 40 million more firearms than the US population. Only 3% of the population owns half of the US guns. One of the common ways to sell guns is through a private sale which doesn't require background checks, although over 3 million times federal, state, or local background check have denied firearms to those who aren't allowed to own them. Since the beginning of 2018, there have been in total 18 deaths in school property, since 1997 over 150,000 students have been in a school shooting. There have been 30 mass shootings with 1,827 death since the start of 2018. 11,564 people who die annually from firearms and 114,994 people are shot, assaulted or have/ attempted suicide from firearms. While I was reading the data on gun violence, I had to stop for a moment and realize the numbers were people. So many lives lost because of gun violence. This article helps people know about how many deaths have happened by guns. The numbers of death that have happened since the begging of the year is just absurd, we are just 3 months into the new year and about 1,827 people have died. In the article, it doesn't take a side to either go against guns or pro-gun, its just to inform people about the deaths that have happened. The way this article helps me is by citing their data from actual well-known research centers.
Joe Quint has been photo journaling since 2015. In 2014 there was a shooting that happened at the University of Santa Barbara, instead of big magazines companies informing of the tragedy they talked about one of the Kardashians weddings. This upset Quint, so he was motivated to share survival stories of people who were involved with gun violence through photography. Quint has also created a website to spread awareness of how gun violence has changed the lives of victims. He does this through photography, he publishes journal entries and photos of victims with a description of their story. His album is called “Faces of Gun Violence”, with 30 victims sharing their stories. The photographs Quint publishes on his website are mostly black and white to create a dramatic look. Every photo taken is unique because of the story told by the person. He also takes photos in color and I'm more attracted to them than the black and white. Not because of the colors but because usually when something is bright it symbolizes happiness, however, the people in the pictures don’t express that. The ones in black and white may look like if the photographer is making the scene more dramatic than it should be, but after reading the person’s story it's like their pain is being transferred to the photo. Looking at the album as a whole makes me naive almost to the point of saying, “That could never happen to me” but once I read their story and see the victims photo it makes me realize that could be me.
In Mr. Lott opinion article about gun violence, he claims the National Instant Criminal Background Check System will cause more problems if the House and Senate institute new regulations. One of the common problems with the background check system is not allowing people to purchase a gun by false positive. This means the system relates a person with the same name and close enough birthday to a criminal. This is a problem according to Mr. Lott because, the system is preventing, “law-abiding people from getting weapons that they might need to protect themselves and their families”. Another problem with the background check is they are not updated regularly on people profiles. This causes people who had minor ordeals with the law not be able to purchase a gun and to fix the problem they would have to pay $3,600. Mr. Lott believes if the background check system is truly fixed, meaning guns will not be sold to dangerous people but will allow an abiding citizen to purchase a gun, the United States would become safer. I would have to agree with somewhat of Mr. Lott solution. The part I do agree on is, to fix the background system. I've heard on the news that many people who have a record are allowed to purchase a gun while Americans who want to purchase a gun for their safety are not. However, the part was Mr. Lott believes if every good American has a gun we would be safe. I don't believe this because I feel we as humans would find any excuse to use our guns. At the beginning of the article he mentions, if the government doesn't fully fix the background check system then it should be removed. In my opinion that would be a bad idea because, although there are flaws in the system, the Brady Background check has stopped 2.4 million felons from purchasing a gun. I don't fully support Mr. Lotts views on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
The sculpture was made by artist Michael Murphy. When you first look at the sculpture, from far away, it takes shape of the United States of America flag but as your move to its side, the flag starts to form into a big dollar sign. In an interview, Murphy describes how each piece in the sculpture represents something to Americans. For example, if you get closer to the sculpture, the flag/dollar sign is made up of 3D printed objects of military crafts, government contracting firms and media conglomerates, the 50 stars have names of congressmen who have received money from lobbyists. The sculpture is displayed in an art show called Into Action. The art show purpose is to show arts that make a statement in politics I think the sculpture “War Machine” is unique for using people's perspective. Just like in the world, people have different opinions on guns. I saw how other people look at America when you look at the sculpture from far away, a strong powerful nation. When you look at its side and see the big dollar sign, I see it from the perspective of congressmen, a country made up of money. Finally, looking inside of the flag shows what we as citizens see: many guns, number of massacres and companies supporting all these horrible gun violence. This artwork helps see the different perspective of guns
Dan Gross use to be a salesman working his dream job when his younger brother was shot on the street because of a madman had obtained a gun. He then became an activist in strict gun laws. He now advertises to save lives instead of selling products. In his TED talk Gross lets his audience know that he understands that Americans love their guns, he then continues to explain how both sides have something in common, “keeping guns from dangerous hands”. This meant to have background checks for every gun sold, “82 percent of gun owners and 74 percent of NRA members support expanded background checks for gun sales”. Most suicides are caused by legally owned guns from their parents, Gross believes he can cut the United States gun deaths in ½ by 2025. It was really interesting to hear how people who are pro-guns want to enforce the Brady Background Check. If people don't want to give up their guns, I think our next solution to gun violence is to create strict backgrounds when purchasing a gun. Dan Gross helped me see a different perspective on guns, I always believe that we should ban all guns but if we put strict gun laws we can manage who will get a gun. I do believe if we spread awareness of gun violence we can cut the deaths in half.
Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and executive producer Katie Couric filmed a documentary, Under the Gun (2016), to demonstrate people the state of America with gun violence and gun laws. The whole film feature various perspective of people opinion on gun violence and gun laws but the main purpose is to bring awareness to the American people. The film also brings in commentary and statistics from experts. I can't make a full reflection in the film because I haven't seen it, I have only seen the trailers and some interviews. Based on what I've watched, the fill does interview various people from all different background. What I also liked from the trailer was the use of facts, there was many statistics to back up both opposing sides that were presented in the film. I personally would like to watch it in the future, however, while I was doing research on the film there were people commenting that the director clipped some scene’s out to make the pro-gun people look bad. Of Course, this is Hollywood and all directors do something along the lines to make the “villain” look worse than it is. I'm still going to watch it before sharing it with others.