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Pop Bang When I had just heard it I didnt think too much of what it might be I was thinking Why is someone doing fireworks in the middle of the day BANG BANG What is that noise Its getting louder Wheres my brother When is he getting home I hope he has the keys because I forgot mine in the house I saw my brother walking slowly down the street Matthew I called hurry up and open the door He must have seen the fear in my face because his innocent smile quickly disappeared Screeching tires come around the corner I see two cars racing down the street MATTHEW GET OUT OF THE WAY I grab my brother and pull him to safety Get downGET DOWN As my brother and I crouched behind a car questions raced through my mind and I burned for some answers How can this be happening to us This is my neighborhood and it is suppose to be safe CRASH BANG BANG Oh my God Thats been the noise I heard It was the bullets from a gun I finally understood that there was an actual drive-by-shooting on my street again Why cant these jerks just get over it The fact is neighborhoods across the nation are afflicted with these dangerous even deadly crimes This unwanted experience was a wake up call for me in that I realized how big a problem violence in America actually is Unfortunately violent acts are not confined to drive-by-shootings Every time there is a conflict among youth in America it involves some type of weapon and especially guns Alcohol growing up in a violent home and access to guns are some main reasons why youth are solving their anger with violence Violence is a major issue here in America and an obvious cause of violence is because of alcohol Alcohol today is more than just a problem among adults but it has become
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