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Politics

National Emergencies That The Government Should Actually Be Focusing On

On February 15, President Trump declared a national emergency on the border with Mexico to access the $5.7 billion that Congress refused to give him for his promised southwestern border wall. The declaration resulted from a two-month long government shutdown that was essentially the accumulation of the President’s temper tantrum over not getting exactly what he wanted. The thing is, there are far worse emergencies in the U.S. than border control at the southern border.

Politics

We’re Becoming Desensitized to Gun Violence

It seems that everywhere you look, there’s gun violence. At some point, it has become a regular event to see it on the news. The only word to describe the feeling when details of the latest shooting flashes across my screen is suffocation. Whether it’s at a school, concert, or mall, you can’t escape the looming threat of gun violence. It’s practically everywhere. When news of a shooting at a video game tournament in Florida flashed across

Op-ed

New Gun Legislation Should Have Been Passed Sometime in the Last Five Years

On Dec. 14, 2012, America was shocked when 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed a total of 28 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School. After this horrific event, many parents, congressmen and legislators gathered together to enforce stricter gun laws — laws that would have prevented something like this from happening. It seemed like common sense, right? Previous mass shootings like Columbine, Aurora and Virginia Tech raised the issue of gun control as the years went on

Politics

Bloody Money: How Gun Violence Makes the NRA and Gun Companies Rich

October 2, 2017: the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history that claimed the lives of over 50 people and injured more than 500. America is not unused to gun violence, with incidents including the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016 claiming the lives of 49 people, and the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting which claimed the lives of 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7, as well as six adults. These tragedies lead to a

Real Life

5 Ways You Can Help in Light of the Las Vegas Shooting

In the wake of the Las Vegas Shooting, many will be or already are sending their love or prayers to the victims and their loved ones. While that is a great gesture, it doesn’t actually do anything. What will help, though, is to become active and do what you can to help the victims. Donate to the Victims Over 515 people were injured in Las Vegas. Many of them have opened GoFundMe’s or other crowdfunding programs to

Politics

America’s Divisiveness on the Issue of Gun Violence Needs to End

It seems like politics have divided us so much to the point where it has resulted in violence. As I have stated before, America is in a time where we are more divided than ever. This divisiveness has caused us to sadly overlook our political differences, set them aside and face our problems head-on. Within the past few months, there seems to be no talk of compromise or how we can face the problems that

Politics

The Deadliest Shootings in American History

On April 20, 1999, two students walked into the cafeteria of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. By the end of that day, the school would forever be known for the events that took place earlier that morning, when two teenage boys shot and killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before eventually committing suicide in the school library. This was not by any means the first mass shooting in American history, nor would it

LGBT+

Man Murders Bisexual Muslim Wife and Police Officer in Heartbreaking Shootout

An artful dance instructor. A pharmacology major at Washington and Jefferson College within Washington, Pennsylvania. A woman of color—Egyptian nationality. A university basketball teammate and track runner. A Muslim. An LGBTQ+ community member. A prodigious scholar of language, fluent in an accomplished six dialects: American English, French, Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, and Russian. A mother-to-be, six months along within her pregnancy. Twenty-eight-year old Dalia Elhefny Sabae was herself as a result of her collective potpourri of

Real Life

Chris Brown is Not the Victim

On August 30th, 2016, at approximately 11:52AM PST, Christopher “Chris” Maurice Brown was contended with a standoff with law enforcement when Los Angeles Police Department’s SWAT team was convoked to Brown’s California homestead following a purported altercation with another woman involving a weapon. Allegedly, she had arrived at Brown’s household unsolicited alongside an otherwise welcome guest, thus prompting an argument between herself and Brown. He became infuriated and physical, threatening her with a gun. Initially,

Europe/UK, International, Race, Real Life

Trigger-Happy and Racial Bias: Why rates of police brutality in the US are so much higher than rates in the UK.

Police Brutality in the U.S. is no myth. From Michael Brown to Freddie Gray, Ferguson to Baltimore, these fatal shooting have lead to headline news worldwide. But this reality isn’t the same for their British counterparts. Statistics revealed by Britain’s Home Office show just how uncommon it is for the UK’s police to use guns. Police in England and Wales discharged their firearms on just seven occasions from April 2015 to March 2016. This contrasts to

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