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From the Ted Talk by Thomas Abt: Why violence clusters in cities -- and how to reduce it

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Metaphorically, the tmteearnt is the same, whether it's a young man suffering from a gunshot wound, a community riddled with such wonuds, or a nation filled with such cnommtueiis. In each case, the treatment, first and foremost, is to stop the bleeding. I know this can work. I know it, because I've seen it. I've seen shooters put down their guns and devote their lives to getting others to do the same. I've walked through housing projects that were notorious for gunfire and wisstneed crilhedn playing outside. I've sat with cops and community members who used to hate one another, but now work together. And I've seen people from all walks of life, plpoee like you, finally decide to get involved in this struggle. And that's why I know that together, we can and we will end this senseless saehugltr.

Open Cloze

Metaphorically, the _________ is the same, whether it's a young man suffering from a gunshot wound, a community riddled with such ______, or a nation filled with such ___________. In each case, the treatment, first and foremost, is to stop the bleeding. I know this can work. I know it, because I've seen it. I've seen shooters put down their guns and devote their lives to getting others to do the same. I've walked through housing projects that were notorious for gunfire and _________ ________ playing outside. I've sat with cops and community members who used to hate one another, but now work together. And I've seen people from all walks of life, ______ like you, finally decide to get involved in this struggle. And that's why I know that together, we can and we will end this senseless _________.

Solution

  1. treatment
  2. communities
  3. children
  4. witnessed
  5. wounds
  6. slaughter
  7. people

Original Text

Metaphorically, the treatment is the same, whether it's a young man suffering from a gunshot wound, a community riddled with such wounds, or a nation filled with such communities. In each case, the treatment, first and foremost, is to stop the bleeding. I know this can work. I know it, because I've seen it. I've seen shooters put down their guns and devote their lives to getting others to do the same. I've walked through housing projects that were notorious for gunfire and witnessed children playing outside. I've sat with cops and community members who used to hate one another, but now work together. And I've seen people from all walks of life, people like you, finally decide to get involved in this struggle. And that's why I know that together, we can and we will end this senseless slaughter.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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  2. case
  3. children
  4. communities
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  6. cops
  7. decide
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  16. housing
  17. involved
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  20. man
  21. members
  22. metaphorically
  23. nation
  24. notorious
  25. people
  26. playing
  27. projects
  28. put
  29. riddled
  30. sat
  31. senseless
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  34. stop
  35. struggle
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  37. treatment
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  40. witnessed
  41. work
  42. wound
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  44. young