Dear People Who Think Doing Drugs and Gun Violence Are Okay,

To kids, adults, parents, students, moms, dads, and etc. Do you realize the effects that this has on your family or even your kid? When it comes to your kids you let the drugs have more meaning to you, the one that grew inside your tummy, the precious one. How can you choose something worth so less over someone who means the world? My purpose in writing this is for these people to understand the lives they are ruining and people they are letting down. Imagine losing your little baby over someone who picked up a gun inattentively. Or being the one taking a poor innocent kids life over your madness. 

This is a serious cause, something that should be screamed in all the microphones in the world. Something needs to be done kids are being taken from their homes, people overdosing, innocent people being killed over nothing, and lastly parents wondering where they went wrong in life because their own kid chooses drugs over them. We need to come together and do something, change the world for the better.

I am going to get further into this and give examples and points. Point number one is drug abuse. Drug abuse is when you are addicted to drugs or take it illegally. For example, people do it thinking they can stop as soon as they snap their fingers. The answer is no, they can not stop. They will let the drugs take over their lives and even their families. Drugs can harm someone in many ways but mainly it has an effect on the brain. 

The second point is gun violence. Gun violence is violence taking place with a gun involved. Many kids die from gun homicide every year. It happens mainly in homes that are connected to family violence or domestic. Surprising fact, this is the second leading death for teens and children in America. This also takes innocent kids lives and leaves families broken. The last point is drug overdose. Drug overdose is when somebody’s body has a way to many drugs and their body reacts to it maybe by not being able to not allow any oxygen in. For example, drug overdose is the main death in the U.S for people under 50. 

Overall these are things that need to be taken seriously and dealt with. Enough work is not being done to help make a change. I hope this letter gets people to connect and build an organization or do community work to help solve these problems, not just that but anything else. I also hope my open letter gets people to relate to how I feel about these problems in the world, not just these but many more and get touched. 

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  1. April 6 months ago

    Dear Kheriya,

    I am moved by your post regarding drug abuse and gun violence because unfortunately due to these issues we are losing thousands of people including innocent victims. When it comes to drug or substance abuse many people fall into a deep whole which seems impossible to come out of this sometimes leads to them losing their families. Gun violence is extremely sad because many innocent lives are taken by harmful people. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is “When it comes to your kids you let the drugs have more meaning to you, the one that grew inside your tummy, the precious one. How can you choose something worth so less over someone who means the world?” This stood out to me because it’s true, many pick drugs over their children because they don’t know how to leave their vice. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this post was extremely meaningful and informative.

  2. Beverly 6 months ago

    Dear Kheriya,
    I completely understand where you’re coming from. I believe people do drugs because they’re influenced by it and feel pressured to try it because their friends are doing it too. However, little do they know the impact that those drugs will have on their body in the future. Drugs aren’t meant to be something to play with, it’s meant to treat people who are sick. My generation especially has taken part in this and it saddens me and so I believe our administration needs to put more work into making drugs more difficult for people to access, especially teenagers.

  3. Angel 7 months ago

    Kheriya your post about gun violence and drug abuse was very moving because you explained very well about the effects this can have on families. One sentence that really stood out to me was “When it comes to your kids you let the drugs have more meaning to you, the one that grew inside your tummy, the precious one.” You’re making any person that has done drugs feel bad because the little tummy person will be sad. I look forward to see what you’re writing next because you’re structuring was done very well and kept me reading.

  4. Jaydon 7 months ago

    Dear Kheriya
    I’m impressed with your post Dear People Who Think Doing Drugs and Gun Violence Are Okay because it is able to completely sum up the obvious that exposing children to drugs and guns is not okay. I also like that you give examples of how they are effected so that people that are uninformed on what guns and drugs can do have a good idea of the dangers. A sentence that you wrote that sticks out to me is “Drug abuse is when you are addicted to drugs or take it illegally” this helps inform readers as to what drug abuse is just in case they didn’t know. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing your next write because I really enjoyed being taken through the basics of why drugs and guns are bad in a way that is so simple to understand.
    Jaydon Garcia

  5. Tiffany 7 months ago

    Hi,
    I really liked how you started your article. It really sparked my interest and made me want to read it.
    I completely agree with everything you’re saying. People need to understand the effect of the drugs they do to their children. I think you should add real-world examples. It’ll help with getting your point across and making an even bigger impact on people.
    https://www.drugrehab.com/featured/born-to-do-drugs/
    This article explains more about the effects of drug abuse and how it impacts families. Towards the end, Kevin Hart shares the story of how his dad’s drug addiction impacted his childhood.

  6. Jonathan 7 months ago

    Hey Kheriya,

    I relayed liked what you had to say. Drug addiction and gun violence is very prevalent in our society and people need to become aware of how much it has affected the community around us. I think you should add quotes from articles to help support your evidence saying in this article here are the facts that other people have found. Adding number and statistics help. Saying x amount of kids die from gun violence a year might help to really show the audience that it is crazy how many people die. https://www.bradyunited.org/key-statistics This article might help with the shocking statistics.

  7. Kathryn 7 months ago

    Kheriya,
    I really liked your post as the issues you addressed are sadly very prominent in our world today and specifically in the U.S. I like the persuasion your post has, the passion behind your words is very clear. You appeal to a variety of groups, including teenagers, teachers, parents, and handful of other societal groupings. This not only makes your argument stronger, but also adds to its relevancy, showing that these issues can come to affect many people whether it be directly or indirectly. One thing i would like to see in future posts regarding these issues is a clear connection to outside sources. There is extensive research done on these topics, and presenting both sides will add to your own argument. Using ideas from an opposing viewpoint and refuting them will add so much to your already strong argument. Here is a source about drug abuse in the United states:
    https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics

  8. Ellie 7 months ago

    Kheriya,

    Your post was really interesting as drug use is an issue prevalent in our society and especially the youth community. I agree with your viewpoint that drug use is a serious problem in our society that should be taken into more serious consideration during the legislation process. I especially like the part where you say: “nough work is not being done to help make a change. I hope this letter gets people to connect and build an organization or do community work to help solve these problems, not just that but anything else. ” Here is an article that you might enjoy: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/drug-abuse-addiction#1. I hope to read more from you soon.

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