Another Day, Another Shooting

Another Day, Another Shooting

When will we say, "Enough is enough?"
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Another day, another mass shooting in America. I want to say I'm surprised and shocked, yet I'm not. Ever since I was in elementary school the violence in America by Americans has become the norm for me and everyone else around me. It's something I've become desensitized to and it shouldn't be that way. It shouldn't be something that happens so often that I'm no longer affected by it. I shouldn't watch the morning news and not be fazed by the fact that 26 people are dead because of one man with a gun.

How many more people have to die before we realize that there's a problem? How many more kids have to die before we realize our gun laws aren't working? The youngest victim of the last mass shooting was under 2 years old. Let that sink in. A baby is dead because people didn't do their jobs.

In the latest mass shooting the shooter, who I'll keep unnamed because he doesn't deserve any more press, got his hands on the guns he had because people failed to do their jobs. The government should have done their jobs. You read the right, the government, the United States Air Force didn't do their jobs right and they are the reason this monster was able to get his hands on guns. The shooter is not the only one to blame for this, those who didn't properly do their jobs are to blame as well.

Let's look at numbers: Since 2000 there have been 64 known accounts of mass shootings in America. Since 1982 there have been 95 mass shootings in America. Between the years 1982 and 1999 there have been 31 known mass shootings, which means between 2000 and 2017 there have been 64 know mass shootings. In the 17 year span of 1982 and 1999, the mass shootings were half of what it is now. 2000 to 2017 is still a 17-year span yet has a mass shooting number that's over doubled the amount of what it had in the past.

I can guarantee you those numbers will only go up in the next year, if not the next month.

And no, you can't pull the "bad guys will always get guns" argument.

According to Mother Jones, the shooters obtained their guns legally more times than illegally.

Stop blaming these mass shootings on mental illness. Stop demonizing mental illness. I'm so sick of it. Start treating these people how you treated the person who went on the rampage in New York. Just because the color of the Texas shooter's skin doesn't match your definition of a terrorist doesn't mean that he isn't one. Stop blaming a group who already struggles with how they are viewed. People with mental illness are not the problem. People with guns are. People who allow easy access to guns are. Trump signed a bill recalling the bill that Obama passed to restrict those with mental illness from getting guns.

If it were as easy to get help for mental illness as it was to get a gun America wouldn't have this problem. If I didn't have to jump through hoops to find a therapist and psychiatrist that I don't have to pay thousands of dollars for, it would be easier to treat mental illness.

Note: Since I've started writing this piece and researching it 18 school shootings have happened in 2018 alone. This means the numbers have changed and became larger.

Focusing now on the latest (and yet another) school shooting. On February 14th, 2018 (that's right, Valentine's Day) a lone shooter entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a semiautomatic A-15 rifle. 17 innocent students lost their lives that day and countless more were injured and scarred for the rest of their lives. 17 families have to figure out how to continue living without their children. Again, I'm keeping the shooter unnamed because he doesn't deserve any more press, was reported to the FBI before the shooting yet nothing was done.

Just a few weeks ago the schools by me were shut down because there was a man with a gun having a shootout with police. There have been 18 cases of school shootings since January 1st but only 7 of those school shootings ended with someone either dead or injured.

Thoughts and prayers aren’t going to do anything. They’re not going to solve the problem that America has. There have been 18 school shootings since the new year started. Let that sink in. 18 in the last month and a half. If you don’t think there’s a problem, there’s something wrong. Yes, “thoughts and prayers” are nice but they don’t do anything. Actions do. It's time to take action against this problem America has.

I don't think anyone who is a danger to themselves or others should have access to a gun - which unfortunately mentally ill people are normally a danger to themselves before they are to anyone else. It just goes to show that despite the regulations put up to stop this type of thing from happening it still happens. Unless the people breaking the law by selling guns to people who shouldn't have one in the first place are held accountable, nothing is going to change.

I want people to stop dying, I want people to understand that we need stricter gun control. I'm not saying we need to take away all guns, I'm saying that we need better control. Fixing the system is what I️ mean when I️ say we need to be stricter with our gun laws. We need to be stricter on those who give them out and make sure they’re following the laws and guidelines put in place so things like this happen less often.


For those of you who would like to help there was a gofundme set up for the victims of the shooting. I know most of us are college students but even a dollar will help.

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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.

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Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to file a report of a foreign bank account. And it could have been even worse. The jury was only unanimous on eight counts while 10 counts were declared a mistrial.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told a judge that Trump explicitly instructed him to break campaign-finance laws by paying two women not to publicly disclose the affairs they had with Trump. Those two women are believed to be Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, a pornstar. Trump had an affair with both while married to his current wife, Melania.

And then to no surprise, Fox News pundits spun this in the only way they know how. Sara Carter on Hannity said that the FBI and the Department of Justice are colluding as if it's some sort of deep-state conspiracy. Does someone want to tell her that the FBI is literally a part of the DOJ?

The Republican Party has for too long let Trump get away with criminal behavior, and it's long past time to, at the very least, remove Mr. Trump from office.

And then Trump should face the consequences for the crimes he has committed. Yes, Democrats have a role, too. But Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, so they head every committee. They have the power to subpoena Trump's tax returns, which they have not. They have the power to subpoena key witnesses in their Russia investigations, which they have not.

For the better part of a year I have been asking myself what is the breaking point with Republicans and Trump. It does not seem like there is one, so for the time being we're stuck with a president who paid off two women he had an affair with in an attempt to influence a United States election.

Imagine for a second that any past president had done even a fraction of what Trump has.

Barack Obama got eviscerated for wearing a tan suit. If he had affairs with multiple women, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would be preparing to burn him at the stake. If they won't, then Trump's enthusiastic would be more than happy to do so.

For too long we've been saying that Trump is heading down a road similar to Nixon, but it's evident now that we're way past that point. Donald Trump now has incriminating evidence against him to prove he's a criminal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just getting started.

Will Trump soften the blow and resign in disgrace before impeachment like Nixon did? Knowing his fragile ego, there's honestly no telling what he'll do. But it's high time Trump leaves an office he never should have entered in the first place.

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An Escape Raft From Trump

How a declaration of resistance is really a plot to escape blame

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How does a person come back from being part of a great injustice? I'm not talking about how a person recovers from being a victim of a great wrong, nor am I referring to the process of judging those who perpetrated the act. No, what I want to know is how those who aide and abet such actions, those who collaborate and stand idly by, come back into the fold of civilized society without being held to account.

A few weeks ago there was an anonymous Op-Ed in the New York Times from a senior White House official. The piece caused a great stir because it alleged a great conspiracy within the president's administration by even its most senior members to thwart the worst impulses of the president and keep the nation on a relatively sane track. Much of the coverage has focused on trying to identify the author of this controversial piece or praising those brave souls in the administration who are a part of the resistance. I was among this crowd until I started reading a bit further about this article and what it represented. With that further exploration I came to realize that what I took for a reassuring statement to the American public was actually something much more sinister.

How does a person come back from being part of a great injustice? This is the question that is currently haunting the leaders of the Republican Party as they grapple with the Trump presidency and the taint it casts upon their party. As the increasingly impending likelihood that Democrats will take back Congress and ramp up investigations, not only into Trump himself, but also the upper echelons of his administration and even members of Congress, Republicans are searching for any way to avoid blame before this impending storm of controversy and negative stigma hits.

This is where the op-ed and its cynical ploy comes in to play. While I have little doubt that there is a faction in the White House that attempts to curb the president to some degree, I do not for a moment believe it could be called a resistance or the actions of so-called 'adults in the room.' The point of the Op-Ed was not to give voice to this faction, but to control the narrative of Republicans in the White House, to tell a story about otherwise good people who work for this horrible man, but do it because they are preventing someone worse from coming along and doing something really bad. It's a convincing tale all things considered and its been proven to work in the past. Clichéd as it is to bring up Nazis with the Trump administration, in this particular case it fits, many Nazis after the war told tales of honorable Germans who were only doing things out of their patriotic duty and with the belief that if they didn't carry out orders someone else much worse would. It was convincing enough that thousands of former Nazis never received any meaningful form of punishment and lived out the rest of their days never having to atone for their participation in some of the greatest crimes in human history.

The thing about the 'preventing worse things from happening' argument both then and now is that it is complete and utter B.S. Many Germans knew what the Nazis were doing was wrong the same way as many Republicans know what Trump is doing is wrong, they just don't care because it gets them what they want, which is usually power. After some initial hesitation, Republicans were all too eager to embrace Trump and what he represented like moths to a racist, sexist flame. They endorsed and stood by him on the campaign trail even as his behavior set new lows for conduct, as his supporters unlashed a new hatful undercurrent into the party, and as shocking allegations about his personal conduct came out. Even as president when his capacity to lead has been shown on numerous occasions to be insufficient for the office, and his past activities are being revealed as startlingly criminal in nature, they stand by and affirm their support until the end.

Such stubborn loyalty might be commendable if it wasn't to such a horrible man who does such horrible things, except for that fact that it is illusionary. Republicans loyalty to Trump only lasts as far as it brings them power. And now that Trump's star is starting to fall and the voters are preparing to make their displeasure clear at the ballot box, they are seeking to distance themselves from him as fast as possible. The op-ed is simply the first step, to introduce the idea that Republicans were never that invested in Trump in the first place and were always present in opposing him, just not in any open or accountable way. They hope that their efforts coupled with the public's intense dislike of Trump and his close cohorts will allow history to repeat itself and they can get away scot free without their involvement ever coming to light.

We as the American people need to stop this narrative right here at the start and recognize it for what it is, a cynical ploy by a bunch of greedy, corrupt cowards trying to save their own skin as their boss takes the fall. We cannot allow them to succeed in this; we cannot allow them to escape justice. In the name of all those that have been harmed by this administration, in honor of all that has been endangered by their lust for power, they must be held accountable.

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