Gun violence is pretty bad right now. 15 years ago, there used to be barely any shooting on my block. People used to always be so calm in my neighborhood. Now, it’s not even safe to even be outside or walk ar
Your topic is very interesting and as a Oakland resident I agree to this topic because I have lived in Oakland throughout fair share of my life. I heard the gun violence not in person but from afar. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is, “15 years ago, there used to be barely any shooting on my block. People used to always be so calm in my neighborhood. Now, it’s not even safe to even be outside or walk around the corner store due to killing’s occurring so often.” This stand out because this is a very powerful statistic about Oakland that is talked about quite frequently so the fact that you bring it up and it is wrong is very hurtful to me as a Oakland resident. In fact in 2018 statistics show that the murder rates in Oakland is the lowest it has been since 1999. So I disagree with your statement that is in quotes above. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because maybe you can learn from this experience and grow as a reader to do your research. Hopefully you improve.
Dear Natalie, I think that your post “Gun violence” is very moving and it is important that the problem of gun violence is asserted. But when you stated “We need a law that has stricter background checks so people cannot buy a gun so easily”, it made me disagree with your idea of a solution because if you make stricter laws that go into people’s background, then you can cause ICE to find illegal immigrants and families will suffer even more when being separated. While you try to solve one problem, you will be adding to a much greater problem in our society and you will even be adding to the problem that you are trying to fight. If kids get separated from their parents, they won’t have anyone to look up to, which can cause them to get on the wrong track and start using guns to hurt people while they are the ones hurting deep inside.
I agree with your blog because there’s been a lot of gun violence in the community of Oakland and it’s not safe. I agree with the sentence that you included that says “Gun violence is causing too many murders in Oakland because there are not enough laws to stop people from getting a gun, that is there must be a stricter laws for gun ownership and use.” This s really important because if the law was more strict on guns there would be less gun violence murder. Thank you for sharing out your writing and giving out an important message on the gun violence in Oakland.
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