Category: Current Events

Why Gun Control Won’t Work

By Lacey Jackson

During the last few years, the government and the citizenry have been battling about extending gun laws to make it more difficult to buy or own a gun. Ever since the Parkland shooting, the topic has blown up, so much so that there was a nationwide march promoting gun control. However, the people pushing for gun control don’t understand that it won’t work.

Criminals will always be criminals. Gun Control is not going to stop someone from getting a gun. On March 20th, a 17 year old opened fire in a school. A 17 year old can’t legally buy any kind of gun. He found loopholes & got the gun. Illegally.

Murder is illegal. Rape is illegal. Burglary is illegal. Making something illegal will not stop it. Taking away someone’s rights does not stop crime.

In today’s world, there are more guns than people. Even if everyone did follow the rules, someone can easily purchase a gun off of the black market. The only way to stop illegal gun purchases would be to take all guns away, and that won’t happen.

The 2nd Amendment of the American Constitution gives the right to bear arms. Taking all guns from the people, or limiting people from having them is unconstitutional.

What I can understand is gun reform: making it more difficult for people who shouldn’t get guns to get them. Things like background checks and mandatory safety classes could help ensure that guns only get into the right hands. This could limit illegal gun use but also keep them in the hands of law abiding citizens, therefor not infringing on 2nd Amendment rights. The government & the people both need to pay more attention to mental illness, such as Nicholas Cruz in the Parkland shooting. The government ignored the tips & offenses of Cruz. Most mass shooters have criminal activity or mental health issues that are commonly ignored. (sources under 2) A background check would help a bit, but not much, because you can’t see future offenses in a background check.

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. It’s not a gun problem, it’s a people problem. Mental health is ignored in this country (example A: Nicholas Cruz). A criminal will find anything to kill someone with, whether it’s a knife, bomb, or hammer.

Chicago, Illinois has the strictest gun laws in the US, yet they also have the highest gun violence rate. Once again, it’s not a gun problem, it’s a people problem. It’s a hate problem. On April 3rd, a women open fired at Youtube headquarters in California. She was using a legal gun, but still committed a mass shooting. People who have the intent to kill, will figure out a way to kill. Eliminating a constitutional right is not the way to go.

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A California School Shooting with a “Weapon of War”

Six years ago today there was a school shooting at Oikos University in California that led to the deaths of seven people, also injuring three. What was the weapon used in this school shooting? A .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) handgun that would be deemed a “weapon of war” to most people, since this handgun is also used in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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I’m Done Being a Disarmed Student

When I drive to class every day, I have to leave my firearm in my vehicle. I have taken the class required of me, passed the tests, passed my background check, and have my handgun carry permit. However, I continuously have my rights stripped from me every day I go to class. Why is that? My university is a gun free zone.

Being a gun free zone also means that my university is also a target zone. Because I am unable to protect myself, I am a walking target in today’s world. After the evil we have seen in this country, it still amazes me that I am not allowed to protect myself where I go to class. What is even more of a shocker is that if I were 21 and had my carry permit, I wouldn’t be allowed to have a firearm where I go to sleep at night on campus which is even more frightening to me.

When we see the evil of these shootings, whether it be Sandy Hook or Stoneman Douglass, the country quickly turns to taking away firearms or making it harder to obtain them instead of asking the question why no one at that school was able to defend themselves. If the law was unable to stop a 19-year-old from obtaining a firearm, what makes people think that more laws would block more evil? It won’t.

Evil will persist no matter what kind of restrictions we as a country attempt to place on this evil. Making it harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain a firearm isn’t the answer.

You say you only want to ban AR-15’s? Why would anyone need this type of firearm? Well, an AR-15 is a type of a semi-automatic. For those of you who don’t know what that is, that is the same type of firearm that most citizens carry for their protection. My personal firearm, Glock 27, is a semi-automatic firearm. Therefore, if I allow for legislators to take away this style of semi-automatic what is to keep them from banning all semi-automatic firearms including my pistol?

There is a bigger picture that people in this country are failing to see.

This debate shouldn’t be about how can we take firearms away from more people, it should be about why our agencies are failing to pick up the signs of people who wish harm onto someone else. When the FBI fails to follow a lead on an individual who has firearms and wishes to do harm to a school, that should be what the discussion is about. The discussion shouldn’t be about restricting my rights as a law-abiding citizen, but rather taking away the rights of those who choose to break the law like these shooters do.

Energy is being wasted over pressuring legislators to make it harder to purchase firearms, that energy should be targeted towards agencies who are allowing these individuals who are reported to fall through the cracks.

Instead of students pushing for gun control, why aren’t they pushing for their right to carry and protect themselves? I’m not here to play the “what if” game, I’m here to fight for my well-being in a world filled with evil. I am one of those students pushing for the removal of gun-free zones that place a target on my back because of my inability to defend myself.

Why I’m Pro-Life

The Pro-Life movement is something that is very important to me, not only as a Christian, but as a female and a person with strong morals. Abortion should be called what it is, murder, and should be outlawed entirely.

With that being said, listed below are some of the most common Pro-choice arguments that I have come across, and I intend to tell you what I believe they are wrong.

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Robert Mueller and Alleged Baseless Surveillance of U.S. Citizens: A Troubled History

In U.S. history, there are 2 major instances in which alleged baseless surveillance of U.S. citizen(s) has occurred.

During both instances, Robert Mueller has been a prominent figure.

Is this just a coincidence?

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Sorry Oprah, There’s No Such Thing As “Speaking Your Truth”

At the Golden Globes on Sunday night, Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

Upon receiving this award, she gave a very moving speech in which she acknowledged that the children dreaming of being in her position are currently watching Sidney Poitier, Recy Taylor, the necessity of the press, and the plague of sexual harassment in Hollywood and around the world. Her speech made many good points, and she touched on issues that many others were afraid to address, however, one of the most memorable lines of her speech was very misleading.

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