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Class:COMS 428 - FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Subject:Communication Studies
University:California State University - Northridge
Term:Fall 2014
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475, 3,310, 18,211. You may think these are just numbers, but these numbers resemble just how much hate is in the world. Since the year 2000, there have been 475 incidents related to terrorism resulting in 18,211 injuries and then leading to a further 3,310 deaths.



Terrorists do not deserve to live a life full of freedom and happiness. What right does someone who kills the innocent, have to live?  

If someone is caught plotting or carrying out an attack, that their own lives should be taken. No one has any right to take another’s life. And there are a many good reasons why; It is almost 60 years since the last man was hung in Australia. Today, the death penalty has been abolished in Australia.


But why should those who ruthlessly kill individuals’ deserve to have their life continued? That’s right they don’t. Here in Albury our worst fear is running out of phone charge, running out of hot water and running out of food; Not running for our lives.  Now I’m going to put this into perspective for you.


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On the afternoon of the 17th of August 2017, 2 people were sitting down, having coffee. They were having the time of their lives. Enjoying a long awaited dream trip in Barcelona, Spain. In the main street; Las Ramblas.
What happened next stunned the world. These 2 people found themselves running for their lives. What was potentially their last minutes turned into their worst nightmare; their lives flashing before their eyes.

A white van crashed into ongoing pedestrians. Bodies went flying. Blood everywhere. As soon as these 2 people heard the loud crash noise, they knew they had to run even more. Now safe for the time being, these 2 people watched as lives were being taken. Things escalated very quickly. The driver of the van had a gun. Bullets flying through the air and another innocent life is taken.


1, 2, 3 more lives are taken. Now shooting at windows, the gunman seeks more individuals to take down. All of a sudden, he spots these 2 people gazing out a window. Pulling the trigger, these 2 people once again running for their lives.
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Deafening sounds of the bullet being released from the weapon. Scared! Running into the nearest bar, they seek more safety. Now 3km from where the traumatic event occurred. The police arrive at the scene, shoot the man in the leg and finally, the arrest the people had been waiting for was made.


A 22-year-old Moroccan man, was taken into custody and questioned. The following week he attended court and pleaded ‘not guilty’ to man slaughter. With only a sentence of 16 years, the man was charged with man slaughter in the 1st degree.


How do I know all of this story in full detail? Well these people aren’t just any ordinary people. No. these people are my grandparents and this is their story of what could’ve been their last day on earth.
So next time you think of terrorism, please, I ask that you remember this story, and think what it would’ve been like if this was your grandparents. Stuck in a race to save their life. Together we can make a stand and stop terrorism, nationwide.
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475, 3,310, 18,211. You may think these are just numbers, but these numbers resemble just how much hate is in the world. Since the year 2000, there have been 475 incidents related to terrorism resulting in 18,211 injuries and then leading to a further 3,310 deaths.



  Terrorists do not deserve to live a life full of freedom and happiness. What right does someone who kills the innocent, have to live?  
  

If someone is caught plotting or carrying out an attack, that their own lives should be taken. No one has any right to take another’s life. And there are a many good reasons why; It is almost 60 years since the last man was hung in Australia. Today, the death penalty has been abolished in Australia.


  

But why should those who ruthlessly kill individuals’ deserve to have their life continued? That’s right they don’t. Here in Albury our worst fear is running out of phone charge, running out of hot water and running out of food; Not running for our lives.  Now I’m going to put this into perspective for you.


  On the afternoon of the 17th of August 2017, 2 people were sitting down, having coffee. They were having the time of their lives. Enjoying a long awaited dream trip in Barcelona, Spain. In the main street; Las Ramblas.
  What happened next stunned the world. These 2 people found themselves running for their lives. What was potentially their last minutes turned into their worst nightmare; their lives flashing before their eyes.
  

A white van crashed into ongoing pedestrians. Bodies went flying. Blood everywhere. As soon as these 2 people heard the loud crash noise, they knew they had to run even more. Now safe for the time being, these 2 people watched as lives were being taken. Things escalated very quickly. The driver of the van had a gun. Bullets flying through the air and another innocent life is taken.


  1, 2, 3 more lives are taken. Now shooting at windows, the gunman seeks more individuals to take down. All of a sudden, he spots these 2 people gazing out a window. Pulling the trigger, these 2 people once again running for their lives.
  

Deafening sounds of the bullet being released from the weapon. Scared! Running into the nearest bar, they seek more safety. Now 3km from where the traumatic event occurred. The police arrive at the scene, shoot the man in the leg and finally, the arrest the people had been waiting for was made.


  

A 22-year-old Moroccan man, was taken into custody and questioned. The following week he attended court and pleaded ‘not guilty’ to man slaughter. With only a sentence of 16 years, the man was charged with man slaughter in the 1st degree.


  How do I know all of this story in full detail? Well these people aren’t just any ordinary people. No. these people are my grandparents and this is their story of what could’ve been their last day on earth.
  So next time you think of terrorism, please, I ask that you remember this story, and think what it would’ve been like if this was your grandparents. Stuck in a race to save their life. Together we can make a stand and stop terrorism, nationwide.
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