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In America, people can buy guns very easily. It has been allowed since the country was founded in 1776 because it is part of the constitution.

America is the country with the most guns in the world. There are over 300 million guns in the United States, which is roughly one per person. Recently, there have been many mass shootings. They are not uncommon in America and they happen in many different places, the last one was at a high school. Many people are angry and upset that it keeps happening. They want to have restrictions on who can own guns so they are harder to buy and maybe even ban certain types.

Other people think it would violate their constitutional rights if anything changed. It is very important to them that they get to keep their guns. It is important because it is one of the rules in the constitution; it is very difficult to change anything in the constitution. There are debates every time there is a mass shooting. Usually, nothing changes and people are very angry about it. This time it seems like things might change because the children who were attacked are speaking out. The high schoolers are protesting the government and trying to force a change. Businesses are dropping their support for a famous gun group which has millions of members.

Maybe this time things will change.

Difficult words

Founded: To start something for the first time.

Mass: Many people.

Restrictions: Rules against doing things.

Violate: To break a rule.

Constitutional: About a set of rights/rules for a country.

Usually: Something that happens normally.

Speaking out: To talk about something you don’t like.

Dropping: To stop using or supporting something.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Founded  A. Many
 2. Mass  B. Normally
 3. Restriction  C. Begin
 4. Usually  D. Give up
 5. Dropping  E. Rules

True or False?

1.  It is difficult to buy a gun in the U.S.A. T / F

2.  Guns have been allowed since the founding of the U.S.A. T / F

3.  Nobody wants restrictions on guns. T / F

4. Being able to have a gun is a constitutional right in the U.S.A. T / F

5.  High schoolers are protesting that they want to carry guns at school. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. buy / easily / In / people / can / very / America / guns

2. the / world / most / is / America / country / the / the / guns / in / with

3. many / there / been / have / mass / Recently, / shootings

4. happening / upset / and / people / angry / keeps / are / that / Many / it

5. mass / are / every / shooting / there / There / time / debates / is / a

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

 Attacked  Members  Shootings
 Restrictions  Easily  Violate

In America people can buy guns very ____________. It has been allowed since the country was founded in 1776 because it is part of the constitution.

America is the country with the most guns in the world. There are over 300 million guns in the United States, which is roughly one per person. Recently there have been many mass ____________. They are not uncommon in America and they happen in many different places, the last one was at a high school. Many people are angry and upset that it keeps happening. They want to have ______________ on who can own guns so they are harder to buy and maybe even ban certain types.

Other people think it would ___________ their constitutional rights if anything changed. It is very important to them that they get to keep their guns. It is important because it is one of the rules in the constitution, it is very difficult to change anything in the constitution.

There are debates every time there is a mass shooting. Usually nothing changes and people are very angry about it. This time it seems like things might change because the children who were ____________ are speaking out. The high schoolers are protesting the government and trying to force a change. Businesses are dropping their support for a famous gun group which has millions of _____________.

Maybe this time things will change.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What are gun laws like in your country?
4. Have there been any shootings in your country?
5. Do you or someone you know own a gun?
6. Would you like to own a gun?
7.  Donald Trump said teachers should have guns, what do you think?
8.  What should America do to stop this from happening?
9. Are any weapons allowed in your country?
10. Do police in your country carry guns?
11. Do you think America should keep guns because it’s tradition?
12. Are there any dangerous traditions in your country?
13.  Is there a tradition in your country that would make you angry if it was taken away?
14.  Have you ever gone hunting?
15. Is hunting popular in your country?
16. Do you think these shooting make people not travel to America?
17.  Would you change your plans if there was a shooting in the city you were going to visit?
18. Bulletproof backpacks have become popular in America, what do you think?
19.  Do you think schools need to be safer in America?
20. Are there metal detectors at any schools in your country?