When conducting a blog with a focal point of news, there are hundreds of points to approach it from. A world lens, including headlines from all over the world. A nationalistic lens, with headlines and articles pertaining to your country. A historical lens, a mix of all of them, a psychological lens, a literary lens, the list goes on and on.
I most enjoy news that catches my eye - I mean, who doesn’t?
But mostly what I mean is, articles that pertain to me personally. That includes a whole bunch of stuff. From funny cartoons, to beautiful photographs, to articles about abortions and gun control, you would probably find it on a blog like this, if I were in charge.
The most recent article I read was entitled Don’t Let Politics Foil Gun Control. When Democrats in 1994 passed an assault-weapons ban, then lost control of both the House and Senate months later, though members of both parties said it was no coincidence. Today, especially so recently after the Sandy Hook shooting, gun control is another hot topic of debate in Washington.
Joe Biden, especially, has a lot to say. He is sick and tired of people avoiding the topic of gun control because it is too politically damaging to take a strong stance on either spectrum of the idea of control.
President Barack Obama’s proposals to reduce gun violence face an uncertain fate in Congress, and nowhere more so than in the House, where Democrats are in the minority.
However, in this case, there is a huge emotional advantage that may help the Democrats out with their endeavors. The Sandy Hook shootings were a national tragedy, and many, especially on the east coast, are still dealing with the aftermath of putting their lives back together after losing so many young souls.
Topics like this interest me, because I am torn between the options. On one hand, guns should not be so easily accessible, and neither should elementary schools. On the other hand, the shooter’s mother legally bought the weapon, and was storing it for personal use at her home when her mentally ill son stole it.
There’s another topic of debate - mental illness. That has definitely not received the light it should get. Mental illness really hasn’t been a topic of discussion in America since the 70’s, when all the “crazy” people were de-institutionalized and put back into society.
I believe both factors play heavily into American society today, but not a lot can be done to change it unless we first alter the mentality of the American population, to not look down on the mentally ill as though they are below us, and also, to not see guns as toys. On a similar note, we should be teaching boys and men that just because you can take advantage of a woman and harass her doesn’t mean you should instead of chastising women for how they dress or act.
These are the topics that interest me most.