Essay on Cause and Effect

938 Words Feb 27th, 2014 4 Pages
Larry Wood
Marc Willis
English 1113
February 21, 2014
Violence in American Society Crime and violence have been a part of American society since America was founded. Public awareness of crime, violence, domestic abuse, child abuse, and gangs has increased dramatically because of the role media fills. We are bombarded daily with reports on television, radio, newspapers, and the Internet with the fact that we are all vulnerable to acts of violence. “Tahlequah Man Jailed for Attempted Stabbings.” (Newton, 2A) “Jury Finds Tulsa Man Guilty in Connection with 2012 Homicide, Robbery.” (Vincent, Crimewatch) These are just two of the articles in one day’s newspaper in a very small area of America. Why are the papers reporting so much
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Other studies have followed consumption of violent media and its behavioral effects throughout a person’s lifetime. In a meta-analysis of 42 studies involving nearly 5,000 participants, the psychologists Craig A. Anderson and Brad J. Bushman found a statistically significant small-to-moderate-strength relationship between watching violent media and acts of aggression or violence later in life. (www.psychologicalscience.org)
In a study published in the journal Pediatrics this year, the researchers Lindsay A. Robertson, Helena M. McAnally and Robert J. Hancox showed that watching excessive amounts of TV as a child or adolescent — in which most of the content contains violence — was causally associated with antisocial behavior in early adulthood. (An excessive amount here means more than two hours per weekday.) ( 32)
In 2001, there were approximately 21,000 homicides and 31,000 suicides; and nearly 1.8 million people were assaulted, while about 323,000 harmed themselves and were treated in hospital emergency departments. (Surveillance for Fatal and Nonfatal Injuries – 2001, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Vital Statistics System)
The effect of violence on society is a huge monetary expense. World Heath Organization report estimates the cost of interpersonal violence in the U.S. at more than $300 billion per year. The cost to

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