Nevada’s gun laws

So by now, everyone (hopefully) has heard about what Las Vegas massacre that occurred Sunday. While it’s important to know the shooter’s history (mental, emotional, physical, career, etc.) it’s equally important to note just how easy it is for people in Nevada to get a law in general.

I posted this information a few days ago on my Facebook, but it is extremely important to know. Nevada’s laws are a lot more lax than many states, but the point is that in order to prevent tragedies such as the one this week, measures MUST be taken.

Las Vegas suffered the worst mass shooting in US history. Let’s get down to one of the most serious roots of the issue: Nevada’s gun laws:

no permit is required
no firearm registration is required
no license is required 
– concealed carry permits are only required for hand guns
– open carry is permitted
– there are no assault weapon laws
no magazine capacity restrictions
no NFA weapon restrictions
– background checks were deemed “unenforceable”

No, gun control will not prevent any and all possibilities of deaths related to shooting, BUT if you look at the countries who have much stricter laws on guns, their death rate (murder, suicide, accident) is significantly lower than the U.S. People who are able to conduct mass shootings are able to do so because they have so much access to guns in the first place. Guns have a lot of power and that power is easy to manipulate any situation because of the split second it takes to hurt someone from afar. Other weapons, like knives, require more one-on-one contact and it makes people reconsider their decisions more frequently, and even if they don’t, they can only cause harm to a few before being stopped rather than 50+ within a matter of minutes.

And mass shootings aside, more than 21,000 people in 2014 alone killed themselves with a gun, accounting for nearly 64% of ALL gun related deaths in the U.S. that year. Studies have found that many suicide attempts are successful because they are impulsive decisions based on large and complicated short-term issues; they’re usually not planned out. Mixing a split-second decision with an adrenaline-fueled impulse and a high availability of a weapon that has the ability to end life with a simple finger movement is a recipe for disaster.

This HAS to end. We cannot keep allowing people to purchase guns unregulated. Background checks, regular check-ins, documentation on documentation on documentation, and much more needs to be the norm for owning guns. It has to start somewhere and it starts with everyone taking it upon themselves to do the research and stop going by party lines and customs.

Just read. Pick up a book or open a new tab from the blog post and start educating yourself and others about the problem.

 

 

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/magazine/magazine_article/guns-suicide/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41488081
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/business/wonkblog/suicide-rates/

 

 

 

The truth about the GOP ballfield attack

The shooting that took place yesterday morning in Alexandria is deeply saddening. House GOP Whip Steve Scalise is in critical condition and three others were injured when a shooter decided to attack a friendly charity baseball game practice between Republicans. No matter one’s political beliefs, this act of violence was clearly wrong, and while nobody is disputing that fact, there is much disparity in the reasoning. Former Congressman Bob Livingston (R-Louisiana) and many other GOP members, for instance, believe that this attack was caused by anti-Trump rhetoric stirring up the man’s emotional stability. The truth is, however, that the attack was caused by lack of gun control.

Generally, conservatives push for the right to bear arms. Many claim that in order to protect themselves from criminals with weapons, they too, must carry. When everyone has the right to own a gun, however, situations like yesterday occur. The people who needed protecting were not protected, and the person who caused the turmoil had access to a gun.

As NPR reported, the shooter voiced his politics frequently, but never in a demeaning, obnoxious or threatening way. On the other hand, he has multiple records that indicate that the man should not have been able to own a weapon. He was arrested for allegedly punching a woman and choking an individual, as well as firing a shotgun in 2006 and was referred to police after shooting his hunting rifle unsafely.

Clearly, the man’s political beliefs and anti-Trump rhetoric are not to blame for what happened. Trump did not become President until this year, and the shooter’s dangerous tendencies began in 2006, if not earlier. If the man had been referred to a psychologist and/or was mandated for further gun training as a result of his previous incidents, there is a good chance that the incident yesterday would not have happened.

Do not let the individual incident be a distraction from the overall problem. Gun control needs thorough addressing and every crime committed is just one more reason for doing so.

The difference between journalism and fake news

Alright people, it is time to get to the bottom of this “fake news” pandemic. While everyone is throwing the term around like a boiling hot potato, nobody seems to understand what fake news truly is. Sure, it is easy to deduce that, obviously, someone is lying in his or her reporting and misconstruing information to create a set of “alternative facts.” What often goes unrealized, however, is that fake news is not journalism, and true journalists do not produce alternative facts.

The constant bashing of well-represented and esteemed media outlets needs to stop. Dubbing media outlets like CNN and the New York Times as fake is not only wrong, it’s dangerous. Companies such as these are known for pushing the envelope and searching for stories that matter and that people should be aware of. The only reason this inaccurate term came to life is because of individuals not wanting the public to realize the truth about what is happening behind closed doors. Essentially, the whole purpose for its birth was to make people doubt any and all information from highly-credited sources. To those throwing the fake news manifesto at these outlets, it is a matter of silencing organizations on the truth, not slaying corruption.

Now, don’t be fooled, there ARE fake news outlets out there. Companies like Breitbart, American News, Disclose TV, and World Truth TV purposely create content meant to deceive people into believing a certain point of view. They don’t write well-rounded and balanced arguments and do not display the very morale that journalism was founded upon.

For those who may not realize it, journalism was created to provide a well-established, balanced and honest voice for the masses. It is founded on the belief that any information that serves the common interest of the majority of people deserves to be shared. After all, we have Freedom of the Press; we have the freedom to investigate, to learn, to listen and to share the truth and nothing but the truth to all people with standards of ethical reasoning. Any outlet or individual who publishes content that is not fact-checked, balanced and as accurate as possible is not a true journalism organization or a journalist.

There is no room for deception in the truth and that is no alternative fact.