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Why has America become so violent an essay about american violence Murder is regarded as a crime in all modern civilized societies Crime is shown in the media and is prevalent in society Early in Americas history killing a human being was a relatively private matter to be dealt with by families or larger kinship groups Deliberate killing such as infanticide cannibalism head hunting or the killing of the very old is classified as murder in modern law but such practices were viewed as customary and acceptable early in Americas history when the settlers first arrived on the continent New laws or views of existing laws may make criminal acts that were once legal or on the other hand they may legalize acts that were once criminal For example the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution ratified on Jan 29 1919 prohibited the manufacture or sale of alcoholic beverages and the importing of them into the country From 1920 until the amendment was repealed in 1933 something that had been legal in most parts of the United States had become a crime Also abortion which had long been a crime in the United States was decriminalized in 1971 Two years later in the landmark decision Roe vs Wade the Supreme Court reaffirmed this situation by asserting that the right to privacy guaranteed in the Constitution includes a womans right to terminate a pregnancy Many groups that disagree with the Roe vs Wade decision have attempted to reverse it or have turned to more violent actions protests and other criminal outbursts including murder The changes in views and interpretations of laws have made America appear violent or peaceful Morality and crime what is the true difference Every crime is legally a wrong but not every wrong is defined as a crime In every modern society there are significant minorities of people who hold moral or religious views about what
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