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GCSE English Language Revision Postcard 42: Writing to Explain (Gun Crime!)

Here’s a revision task for the AQA foundation paper, question 5, writing to explain.See the post card for the task and then see some further notes underneath.

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It’s a bit of a challenge! Can you explain the problem of gun crime in America? To be honest it’s doubtful you’d get a question that required such deep understanding in your exam, but if you’re looking for something to get your teeth into for revision, this is a good one.

It might be controversial for some reading this, or painful if you know anyone affected by gun crime. If so, then apologies. However, in its own right the issue is a topic of extreme importance and is often the subject of passionate debate. It’s of relevance if you live in today’s world, therefore, to be able to understand why some countries allow personal ownership and use of guns (known as the “right to bear arms” and embedded in the country’s laws / constitution). Hence this task.Explore the subject a little first if you have the time. If you don’t have the time, then perhaps make time.

Here are a few links to some posts on the web that may interest you about this subject:

  1. A YouTube video where British journalist, Piers Morgan, gets in a heated debate with an American about gun control in America
  2. Bowling for Columbine: At the bank – a clip showing where you can open a bank account and get a free gun in America
  3. President Obama makes a speech about gun control in America