On Tuesday, April 30th, the courts finally convicted the Minneapolis police officer who killed Justine Ruszczyk. After a month-long trial, the shooter, a jury convicted “Mr. Noor” on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter. These together carry a maximum sentence of around 35 years, but he will likely not receive it.
Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand
With the arrival of April is the arrival of Autism Acceptance Month. Autism (also called ASD) is a neurological condition which affects speech, the senses, and perceptions. Autism Acceptance Month is about treating autistic people like regular members of society, with decency and respect. It calls attention to the way educators, caregivers, the world mistreat autistic people. Further, it seeks to open up a conversation on how to better make spaces that are welcoming for autistic people. It raises awareness about the abuse neuro-atypicals suffer. Yet, when you search “Autism” on google the first three results are links to the long-standing hate group Autism Speaks.
By Ryan Wood | United States
Sandy Hook, Orlando, and now Parkland; just some of the deadly shootings that have occurred in the past few years. Adam Lanza, Omar Mateen, Nikolas Cruz; just some of the people who have been responsible for these mass shootings that have been becoming increasingly common. When you really dig into it though, there’s one thing that all of these killers have in common; not one of them has been proven to be mentally stable. Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who was responsible for the Parkland School shooting that took place on February 14th, 2018, was anything but mentally stable. In fact, he was even expelled from the Parkland High School a year earlier. His Instagram account was even filled with posts of him holding weapons of all sorts in a very sick manner.
It can be seen that he had issues, and obviously, there was no one there to help him or walk him through any of this. Sadly, this is a problem in America, and after an event like Parkland, the magnitude of it seems to be pretty large. Now is the time to bring along a change in our country’s mental health system, and we must begin to really educate our children on the risks of it all.
Furthermore, one of the things we will begin to hear a lot about in the coming days is the whole “ban guns” song and dance. As everytime a shooting in America happens this is what politicians, more specifically Democrats and liberals, point at. They attempt to blame the gun for the problem, when in reality that was not what caused this shooting. Once again, what caused this shooting was a mentally unstable kid not getting the help he needed. Realistically guns would have actually helped stop this shooting before it escalated into 17 deaths. If there was an administrator inside that building with a firearm on him, there might have only been one death in Parkland; the shooter. This idea sounds far-fetched, but it truly is not. Keeping a gun of some sort locked away in a school, whether it be in a safe somewhere in the principal’s office or kept away in a designated teachers classroom is not a bad idea. Maybe even require a certain percentage of teachers to be trained in firearm safety. We must do anything to work towards keeping children safer as school should be a place we should be able to go and feel comfortable. Parents should not have to send their child to school and wonder whether or not they will return home safely.
However, these steps are not the only way to prevent school shootings in the future and are perhaps not even the most effective. As the only surefire way to stop shootings in general from happening is to start helping kids at a young age stay mentally aware and stable. We must make sure kids know the signs and risks of emotional disorders, and make sure they understand what steps to take when they show these signs. They need to understand that there are so many people and so many organizations out there dedicated to assisting them to find the help they need. This should all take place in required classes from the time a child is in fourth or fifth grade until they’re graduating high school. If we can effectively implement this, even the thought of killing someone could be stopped. With that said, we the people must tell our lawmakers that it is time for a change! It is time that we help people all around the nation feel safer and more secure.
In conclusion, it is time to start educating children in America about the effects of mental health and mental disorders. It is time that teachers become trained to stop an active shooter. Most importantly, it is time that Washington stops blaming guns, and starts making progress toward reforming the failing mental health system!
By Emily Lynn | USA
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has refused to support the nomination of Alex Azar for the Secretary of Health and Human Services unless he upholds Trump’s promise of allowing safe import of prescription drugs for lower costs.
During the hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Rand Paul urged Alex Azar to be a representative of the people instead of Big Pharma.
“Big Pharma manipulates the system to keep prices high. It is not capitalism, and it’s big government, and we’ve got to fix it. You need to convince those of us who are skeptical that you’ll be a part of fixing it and won’t be beholden to Big Pharma”
The very passionate senator went on to state that he would not support Azar’s nomination unless he could provide a plan to keep President Trump’s campaign promise. Paul also went on to say that there is no generic alternative for insulin, which is included on the list of essential medications by the World Health Organization. This is what allows the manufacturers to sell the drug for any price they want for the important medication, which is believed to have been abused.
President Trump called for eliminating “barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products” as a part of his health care plan. He also mentioned “allowing consumers access to imported, safe and dependable drugs from overseas will bring more options to consumers.”
Dr. Paul hopes to keep healthcare and medication affordable for all and to replace our current healthcare system.