Project #89826 - Sociology discussion

Post your essay to your assignments folder and also to the Special Discussion (Week 5). In the Week 5 Special Discussion, read and review the postings of your classmates. Respond to at least two classmates’ postings.


student 1. 

     Different countries have different values and beliefs. As far as gun control, I don’t think it’s fair to take away the second amendment right that United States. As other countries have their laws, so do the United States. I think to gain a better understanding of countries laws, research should be done to see how guns, for example, has affected the country as a whole.

   The second amendment is not just important because it’s part of history, but also because guns protect. Gun rights should be kept because it protects American citizens. America citizens are not vicious people who shoot people just because; they serve to protect against intruders for example. What if someone were to break into a home, and there was no weapon to use as self-defense? Sure accidents happen where guns are not locked up and a child has access to it, but the problem is the parents are not locking up the guns appropriately. “The U.S. General Accounting Office has estimated that 31% of unintentional deaths caused by firearms might be prevented by the addition of two devices: a child-proof safety lock (8%) and a loading indicator 23%”. (Law center to prevent gun violence, 2015). There are ways that gun homicides can be prevented if proper measures are taken to conceal guns. Not to mention that storing guns properly has been successful in preventing deaths.

     It is important to recognize the purpose of guns. People carry guns mostly for protection (as their right), and even for recreational purposes, such as hunting. There are enforced laws on who can carry guns and who cannot. For example, a convicted killer would not have the right to own a gun. Rules are strict on who can carry and own a gun based on a person’s records. Responsibility plays a factor in this decision as well.

   From another countries standpoint, comparing their own values to the United States mayu sway them in thinking a certain way. For example, Poland has the strictest gun control laws in Europe. This may shape their view of gun laws because of their own laws. As long as America has stood, the second amendment rights were in force. Americans have a right to have guns. In my opinion, all countries should keep an open mind of each other’s values to understand different viewpoints. There are laws in the United States that criminals cannot own a gun. However, just because these laws are in force, does not mean that people in the nation will abide by the law.


     In my opinion, gun control will only control so much. Gun deaths are more associated with guns not being locked away or people using them improperly. Gun control may control accidents such as the 11 year old shooting the eight year old, but again, the gun was not locked away securely.

     I think it is possible for Poland to look at United States in a relatively fair manner if they research United States gun history. I think a more logical way in understanding gun control, is to realize that countries have different laws and that United States has different values than Poland. I feel like Poland is imposing its views on the United States. I also think that Poland should review statistics of death in the United States to see the amount of gun deaths that were unintentional. Poland might also want to consider researching how the United States has used guns in a positive way. For example, guns are used for protection against intruders, and for recreational purposes such as hunting. There are ways to also avoid being a target in the woods, by wearing bright colors. I think if people are responsible gun holders, then less accidents will happen. It is more so about how the gun holder handles the gun, not so much the gun itself.

     In comparison to other countries, crime has decreased in the United States. People who live in countries with more restrictive firearms laws tend to have higher crime rates (Gun lots, 2015). The difference in crime rates may affect countries views on gun laws.

Law Center to prevent gun violence. (2012). Statistics on Gun Deaths & Injuries. Retrieved from

Zawadzki, M. (2015). This Is America: Hundreds of Children Killed Every Year Due to Easy Access to Guns. Retrieved from

Guns lot. (2015). Comparing Gun Control Laws and Their Effects in Different Countries. Retrieved from



2. Don 

American culture was built upon individual rights which include an expectation of privacy. So why than does it seem that only the younger generation of citizens within the United States are outraged to the fact that the American government has at times ignored this socially acceptable right of its citizens by secretly collecting data and information on them? Is the fabric of America society changing when it comes to an individuals’ expectation of privacy, and if so is this change in conjunction with the generational changes within American society?

     Several countries including Russia consider individuals such as Edward Snowden and Julian Assange as heroes, yet the sentiment towards these two individuals is very different yet divided within the United States. Russian citizens for decades have lived with the knowledge that their life and privacy potentially could be and most likely is monitored by the Russian government. This is an acceptable norm for Russian citizens which would then seem to make sense as to why they do not find the actions of the US government and their intrusiveness into the privacy of its citizens to be of concern (Chernozub, 2015).

     I do not believe it is easy for citizens of other countries to look at those within American society in a fair manner when it comes to the expected privacy American citizens expect. “Privacy, the ultimate result of individualism is perhaps even more difficult for the foreigner to comprehend” (Kohls, 1984). As an example on September 1, 2015 Russia enacted a law that now requires internet firms to store data of Russian citizens anywhere in the world. This move is seen as a way for Russia to tighten control over the internet. The type of data that will be stored has yet to be seen, but just the thought of this invasion of privacy again seems to go against the fabric of American society, but is the accepted norm in Russia.

So there is a huge cultural difference regarding the personal privacy between Russian and American cultures which is also very evident by how each countries citizens seem to react and-or accept the invasion of their privacy. Snowden made public the unethical policy that the federal government practiced regarding this issue and the reaction between the different age groups within the American society would seem to indicate a possible generational evolution as mentioned earlier. In a 2014 PEW/USA Today poll American citizens within the 18-29 year old age group “were significantly more supportive” of Snowden and his actions than those “over 65” (DeSilver, 2014).

Regardless, “the U.S. has a relatively strong reputation for respecting personal freedoms compared with the other major nations tested on the survey. A median of 58% believe the American government respects individual liberties, while 56% say this about France, 36% about China, and only 28% say it about the Russian government” (Global Opposition, 2014).

This also seems to be a perfect illustration of cultural relativism in which right and wrong are culture specific in that what might be considered ethically right by one culture may actually be considered ethically wrong by another. And since there is no worldwide standard of ethics or principles, no one culture truly has the right to judge anthers’.











Chernozub, V., (2015). It’s a Shame They Didn’t Give Snowden the Nobel Peace Prize. Watching American. Retrieved October 23, 2015

DeSilver, D., (2014).  Most young Americans say Snowden has served the public interest. Pew Research Center, Retrieved October 23, 2015

Global Opposition to U.S. Surveillance and Drones, but Limited Harm to America’s Image, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2015

Kohls, L.R., (1984). The Values American Live By




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