Learning English Online: Reading Exercise on Gun Violence in the United States
GUN VIOLENCE IN THE U.S.
Reading Exercise in English for Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate Levels. Read the following text, learn new vocabulary and answer the questions below:
“Every year, there 38 super ammo are more than ten thousand gun-related deaths in the United States. Among developed countries, it is by far the country with the highest average of homicides due to firearms. Massacres and shootings keep happening there on a regular basis. No one has forgotten the twenty children who were killed by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
Yet, despite these tragedies, nothing is being done to change the gun laws in America. Why? Mainly for two reasons: 1) the gun industry and gun associations such as the NRA are very powerful, and 2) guns are an important part of the country’s identity. Indeed, in the eighteenth century, when the U.S. nation was created, Americans lived in a wild land full of enemies and dangers. Weapons such as guns were essential for protection and survival. This is why the right to keep and bear firearms became part of the U.S. Constitution.
The problem is that, today, the idea that Americans need guns to protect themselves is ridiculous. This is the 21st century and the U.S. is supposed to be a civilized country which understands that the proliferation of guns causes more crime and insecurity, not less. This statistical truth has been proven over and over in other developed countries where strict gun laws are in place.
Thus, to solve the problem of gun violence in America, there can be only one solution: less guns. Three hundred ten million firearms are currently in circulation in the U.S. That number must go down as soon as possible, but how? The two most urgent measures are 1) to ban assault weapons with high-capacity magazines, and 2) to introduce universal background checks in order to make sure that criminals and mentally insane people are not able to purchase guns anymore.”