Guns and Grief

1. What does Rubin mean when she says that the media’s reaction to the shooting was
“a spectacle nearly as obscene as the massacre itself” (1)? Do you agree or do you think she is overstating her case?

  • She means that the media was so appalled by the event they decide to investigate on their own to try to look for answers or the reason why the shooter killed so many students. I agree with Rubin because the media should have waited before publishing any false information.

2.  According to experts interviewed on news shows, what caused the massacre? Why does Rubin disagree with them?

  • Experts believe that the shooter was mentally ill and blame the shooter’s family and his professors and other people who surround him, Rubin in the other hand disagrees and blames guns for the masacre.

3. What does Rubin mean in paragraph 4 when she says. “Theory trumped fact”?

  • She means that it is very easy to get a gun and carry out violent fantasies.

4. When asking who, or what, caused the deadly shootings, Rubin considers the young man’s mental health, his family, school officials, professors, and television and film violence. In what sense may each of these have been responsible?

  • I believe that when people don’t understand each other many things can go wrong. In this case maybe he did not have a good relationship with his family and the school officials didn’t care to help him, and television and film violence make the viewers become violent or commit similar acts.

5. According to Rubin, what is the main cause of the shootings? What are the contributory causes?

  • According to Rubin guns are the main contributory cause of the shootings, because guns unleash a murderous plague that kills and injures far too many victims every year.

6. Rubin begins paragraph 9 with a question. Paraphrase her answers.

  • She says that psychology focuses mainly on the individual but has no focus on putting their behavior in social context, because it assumes that if can change the psychology we can change the behavior and save ourselves from future atrocities.

7. In paragraph 12, Rubin dismisses what she considers some minor causes of shootings like the one at Virginia Tech. Is her dismissal convincing, or does she need more evidence?

  • I do not agree with her but I believe that she has a good point because if it wasn’t for violence in films than people would not get such horrible ideas in their heads to do something so violent.

8. Where in this essay does Rubin make specific recommendations about how to prevent violence?

  • On paragraph 9, where she quotes, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” and says that people would not be able to kill on a mass scale if it wasn’t for guns.

9. How does Rubin deal with the “pesky Second Amendment” (14)? Is her argument persuasive? Why or why not?

  • She thinks that people should not be allowed to bear arms since they kill people and she thinks of the amendment as being stupid, in my opinion people should be allowed to bear arms for protection.
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