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Editing is the art of storytelling, of taking material and assembling it in such a way that the viewer/listener/reader can understand what’s happening. This understanding may be intellectual, it may be visceral or emotional; whatever, the story must communicate at some level. The storytelling method doesn’t have to be linear, but it must engage us. Your clip appears to be about shooting and mayhem: but who’s shooting, and at what, and why should I care — either about the shooter or the destroyed? Think Luke Skywalker in the first film of the series, for example.
Sadly, in what you’ve presented for “criticism” it’s impossible to determine from watching the video the viewpoint — i.e., whose story it is — how we’re supposed to understand what’s going on visually, and how you intend us to relate/respond to the material.
Perhaps you can take your new-found cutting skills and try applying them to a simple, linear story for a start; a story that begins with a clearly defined starting point, progresses through a series of complications, and concludes with a resolution of the complications. Old fashioned, perhaps, but it’s really what editing is all about.