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Governor Jerry Brown’s New Gun Control Laws Are Foolish

By Teagan Fair | United States

On Friday, Jerry Brown, Governor of California, signed bills advancing gun control within the state. A notable piece of this is a law that will raise the minimum age for buying rifles and shotguns from 18 years old to 21 years old.

It is a bit over seven months since the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, when 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 14 students and 3 teachers, injuring 17 others, using a Smith & Wesson M&P15, which is an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle. This event launched the left into a full out attack on the second amendment and gun rights. Three weeks after the shooting in Parkland, California passed laws that raised the legal age to purchase a gun, banned bump stocks and allowed police to bar a mentally ill person from owning guns for up to a year if judged to be mentally ill by a court.

Seven months later, California has passed laws that will be put into place on January 1st. The minimum age to buy a rifle or a shotgun will be 21 years of age. These laws also ban firearms for those convicted of serious domestic violence and those who have been hospitalized due to their mental health more than once in a year. Another bill governor signed by the governor will make it easier for both family members and police to seize guns and ammunition from those who are ‘threatening and potentially violent’.

Like all of these proposed gun control laws, raising the minimum age to buy a firearm to 21 is ridiculous. Of course, you can join the military at 18 and kill people for the government. You can invade countries, attack people you’ve never met and destroy or take lives of innocent people if it’s in the name of the government, but you cannot defend yourself from people trying to attack you unless you are three years older than the minimum age to do previously mentioned activities. If it’s not in the name of the government, of course, it’s sinister now. You can vote for who will represent you at 18, but owning a tool used to defend from criminals, private or government, is somehow malicious. More people are killed by cars than guns each year, yet you can drive at 16 years old.

Not to mention the fact that putting a law on it will likely prove useless, as is true for most gun control arguments. For this particular case, if someone has their mind fixed on committing murders, they will 1. Do so whenever possible, whether that time is when they are 16, 18, 21, etc. and/or 2. Kill by any means necessary, whether that is doing so by gun, knife, car, chemicals, a bat, a sharp stick, jabbing a spoon into someone’s throat, etc. Additionally,  if someone is actually fully willing to commit mass murder,  they will not be scared of the fact that they are not allowed to buy a gun, considering the fact that it’s incredibly easy to purchase guns illegally, and no law will change that. It’s pretty hard to imagine a mass murderer thinking, ‘Man, I really want to go into a vulnerable area and kill as many defenseless children as I can in cold blood, but apparently I’m not allowed to go and buy a gun. Wouldn’t want to do anything illegal, because it’s not like I’m prepared to kill vulnerable teenagers!’ Obviously, if one does not fear mass murder, they will not fear buying a firearm illegally.

This rule can go for most legislation, including all of the previously stated laws coming into place starting in January. People convicted previously of domestic violence, will obviously not be afraid to illegally obtain a firearm if it supports the much worse crime they are already planning and not afraid to commit. Any future mass murder does not fear gun control laws. Yes, Governor Brown, even if they are mentally ill. Law abiding citizens, on the other hand, who have no interest in murder, hence why they are considered law-abiding citizens, are the only ones who will likely be affected by such laws, leaving them defenseless and in a worse state than before.

Governor Brown’s laws are foolish, both morally and practically. There is no excuse for us to sit and watch as our rights are gradually taken away. I advocate for those who wish for these rights to be protected to stand up to those enforcing these laws on law-abiding citizens so that we can attempt to protect our liberty.

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Why is Nobody Talking About the Utah School Bomber?

By Mike McCosker | United States

Monday, March 5, 2018, was a day that many people will forget. That is because most major media outlets were not busy sensationalizing the day of prospective violence that does not fit the anti-gun agenda. However, for students at Pine View High School in St. George, Utah, the news that one of their very own students had planned to plant a bomb, and murder hundreds, should be a shock.

Preliminary reports from the Associated Press stated that an unnamed student brought a homemade bomb to his government school Monday. 1 The unnamed student also replaced the school’s American flag with the Islamic State’s flag in February. 1 According to the police investigation, the materials to make the homemade bomb was found at the student’s house. 2

While the bomb caused no damage and resulted in no damage, other than creating a large amount of fear for the staff and students, the most important piece of information pertaining to this event is absolute lack of consistent coverage by most major media outlets. It should be an easy enough question to answer, but why have the majority of news outlets lost or never had interest in this incident from the beginning? To put it simply, this event does not bring attention.

Modern news reporting has become more synonymous with news making, as single events are dissected, and sensationalized to try and bring more attention to an ad watching audience. The February 14 shooting at a school in Parkland Florida continues to be reported on, and dramatized, even though the event took place close to one month ago. 3 But what makes the two so different?

Both events were terror attacks that took place in schools. Both targeted the youth of America, but, in only one of the events did children die, and like Winston Churchill said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Each time a school shooting takes place it is easy to explain away the evil done by a firearm, and that fear of a weapon is turned into cash for gun control lobbying groups. 4 One of the largest, and most aggressive gun control groups, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has donated $0 to any real lobbying effort, despite roughly $346,000 of donations entering into their business for that sole purpose. 5

Inevitably, it is greed that drives the gun control narrative, and it is greed that drives media outlets to continue to talk about a school shooting from a month ago, instead of the underlying issue of student mental health, that is symptomatic in attempted homicide and suicide.

So, like all “good” news articles, let’s end with the “call to action.” Be a good person, be a good neighbor, and if you see fake, emotionally charged news, ignore it, and suffocate the mass media monster of the one thing it truly needs: your attention.

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