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Lucille Shaw Political Science 100 Election 200 Paper November 27 2000 Violence in a Changing America Columbine Co Through the news we have witnessed the horror gore and serious crime that has extended its influence even to the youth of small towns across America America has experienced a cultural change where solid values no longer serve as a deterrent to crime This spread may have resulted from the desensitizing media under the If it bleeds it reads marketing ploy or perhaps the rise of the Internet However occurrences such as those at Columbine illustrate the violence that plagues America Universally this town represents the insecurity Americans feel under our current gun control policies We no longer live in the cleaver family 50s when streets and schoolyards were safe door were left unlocked and windows unbarred Changing times call for changing policies enforcing stiffer laws and preventing the distribution of guns to violent criminals Although under the ClintonGore administration violent crime has decreased by 24 percent both Bush and Gore recognize that the fight against lawlessness and violence has just begun Our founding fathers structured the government to have three freedoms life liberty and property The one which influences the topic at hand is life The government is responsible to ensure safety from other countries through a high-powered military through FDA regulations through road safety laws and through police enforcement At this point the government has created a daunting military reputations we are ensured healthy food and safe roads however most Americans male or female are afraid to walk alone at night even in small towns Some children are afraid to go to school and some teachers fear their own students With these fears come the failure of one of our founded freedoms life Americans recognize the threat of serious crime and the need for change However another fundamental founding feature of our nation impedes on the governments ability to limit the distribution
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