10 Things Harder To Get Than A Gun

10 Things Harder To Get Than A Gun

Why can I get a gun easier than Sudafed?
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In light of events in recent weeks, the debate over gun control has been given an extreme amount of attention. The accessibility of guns has become a center-point of the debate. Below, I'm not making the argument that assault weapons should be banned, or for any particular legislation to be implemented. I'm asking you to think about a very specific question: Shouldn't these things be a little easier to obtain than something that can be used to commit mass murder?

1. Sudafed.

Less than a dozen states and the District of Columbia require registration of some or all firearms. To purchase Sudafed, I need to show my ID and have my purchase logged into a database. This is because Sudafed can be used to make methamphetamine - but you know, I don't have to get my name logged if I buy a gun, because it's not like I can directly kill anyone with it or anything.

2. Birth control.

Fun fact: I once walked into the health care clinic at my college to change my birth control, and was asked if I had a boyfriend by the health care provider present. As if the presence of a boyfriend would justify whether or not I deserved birth control, and thus should allow myself to have sex or not. For a split second, I'd felt ashamed, like I need to justify what I was doing by defending my responsibility and intelligence. Then, I snapped back to reality and realized it's no one's business what I'm doing with my body. This kind of judgement doesn't usually exist when buying a gun -- why does it when buying birth control? It's 2016, get your weird views about pre-marital sex out of my health care service.

3. A truly inclusive sermon.

Jesus is inclusive. The Work of God is not limited to a private or privileged group. A truly inclusive sermon has been a feat for me to find in my home state - and I live in the arguably most navy blue state of them all, Connecticut. Meanwhile, two gun stores are within walking distance of me.

4. A decent financial aid package.

Nearly seventy percent of bachelor degree recipients have student debt. Our country's student debt adds up to over $1 trillion. It's almost unheard of for someone to leave college debt-free. Among the people I know personally, I can't name one person enrolled in college who is debt-free, but can name at least five college-aged people who own a gun.

5. A voter ID.

In states like Wisconsin, getting a voter ID requires visiting the DMV with your Social Security card, proof of residence, a completed Wisconsin identification card application, and proof of identification. Meanwhile, I can buy a gun online without even having to put pants on. It's a little unnerving to me that getting a piece of laminated plastic it's harder than getting something with the potential to kill.

6. A cup of coffee that doesn't smell like chemicals and baby vomit.

No, I don't want your Starbucks. That's disgusting and disgrace to true pretentious coffee lovers everywhere. If I wanted my nostrils to be filled with a smell like that, I'd stick my head in a toilet bowl full of bleach. Is it too much to ask for a decent coffee shop to exist within fifteen minutes of my home?

7. Affordable health care.

The average American has almost $2,000 in medical debt. An estimated twenty percent of Americans go without health care. Yet, eighty-eight guns exist for every 100 Americans.

8. A meaningful prison sentence in response to rape.

College campuses have become notorious for covering up cases of sexual assault and harassment for the sake of reputation. Our legal system arguably fails the victims of this assault and harassment by being able to serve justice that the American public rely on it to. Brock Turner is the face of this type of injustice, not an exception within the system.

9. An actual person on the customer service line.

Has anyone spoken to a real person within thirty minutes of calling a major company? Ever? It took me 45 minutes to talk with someone from my cell phone company, and even then I was told to being my phone into a nearby location after five minutes of actual conversation.

10. A presumptive party nominee over half of Americans don't view unfavorably.

I feel like Hillary Clinton is basically Daenerys Targaryen at this point -- she's a strong woman, she's made a name for herself, but no one in the land she wants to preside over actually seems to want her to lead them that much. Who in Westeros wants Dany? Who in America's first choice was Hillary? And Donald? He's like the human embodiment of NASCAR. An overwhelming amount of white people love it, no one get's why it's popular, and it's bound to lead to some kind of pile-up in the very near future.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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We're All Thinking It, I'm Saying It: Too Many People Are Running For President

I'm all for options, but man, do we really need 24? I mean, I can barely pick a flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbins let alone a potential President.

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There are, currently, 23 Democrats running for President. On the Republican side, there's, of course, Trump, but only one other candidate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. Democrats have a whole range of people running, from senators to congressmen, a former vice-president, and even a spiritual advisor. We can now say that there are DOZENS of people running for President in 2020.

Joe Biden has been leading the pack for quite some time now. He was even leading polls before he announced his campaign. Although he is the frontrunner, there really is no big favorite to win the nomination. Biden has been hovering around the mid-30s in most polls, with Bernie Sanders coming in second. Other minor candidates in the hunt are Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Kamala Harris.

After the surprising defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrats have become electrified and have a mission to take back the White House after winning back the House of Representatives in 2018. There are so many people running in 2020, it seems that it will be hard to focus on who is saying what and why someone believes in something, but in the end, there can only be one candidate. This is the most diverse group of candidates ever, several women are running, people of color, the first out gay candidate, and several more.

There could be a problem when it comes to debate time. I mean, the first debate is next month. Having around 20-plus people on stage at the same time, debating each other kinda sounds like a nightmare. How can someone get their point across in the right amount of time when someone else is going to cut them off? Debates are usually around an hour and a half. So, if you divide it up, each candidate would get just under five minutes to speak. That would be in a perfect world of course.

Democrats seriously believe that they can beat Trump in 2020. They say they have learned from the mistakes of 2016, and have the guts and the momentum to storm back into the White House. By July of next year, there will be only one candidate left. Will they be able to reconcile the divide during the primaries? We will see. It will surely be a fun election cycle, so make sure to have your popcorn ready and your ballot at hand to pick your favorite candidate, no matter what party you lean towards.

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