As yet another shooting occurred this weekend, Americans ponder the age-old debate over gun control. We as students are the voice of the future of our country, and how we feel about certain issues such as gun control will determine how these problems are settled in the future. So, I know that this can be a touchy debate, but let’s discuss.
First off, should Americans even be able to own guns? And before all of my fellow hunters get worked up about that one, WHY should we be allowed to own guns? If we could not hunt, that would boost the economy by people buying more meat at the grocery store which in turn benefits the ranchers and farmers who provide the meat. In addition, if no one could own guns then the amount of shootings would go down simply because firearms would not be as easy to obtain.
But, outlawing guns infringes upon our “right to bear arms”, as described in the Second Amendment. I have grown up around firearms, they are a part of my family’s lifestyle and I love to hunt. Personally, I would protest very strongly against guns being outlawed. But, I see the points that others have made and do agree that regulations need to be put on owners. What type of regulations might be beneficial? Should civilians be allowed to own military-grade weapons? Should there be a limit on how many guns a person can own? Are background checks necessary?
To wrap this up, how can we ensure that the public is safe and still be guaranteed the rights that we are promised as citizens of this free country?
The affordability of college education has been a highly debated subject. Around two dozen countries offer tuition-free or nearly free college. In 2017 the student debt rates rose 6%, so free college sounds great right? Unfortunately, just like with everything else, there are pros and cons to having a free or nearly free college education.
Right off the bat drop-out rates would lower, thus raising graduation rates. Many students drop out due to how expensive college so more lower-income students would have the chance to finish their schooling. This also means that student debt would be basically nonexistent. Of course the money would have to be generated elsewhere: taxes. Many people do not think they should be paying for someone else's college through their taxes, and this potential raising of taxes is one of the most controversial cons of tuition free college. Other arguments are the amount of people going to college and the importance of this higher education.
Due to more people having the ability to attend, it means our work force would grow and the economy would be boosted. But this also means paying more money through taxes because of the increase of attending students. Many also believe that making tuition free would devalue the college diploma resulting people not caring as much about earning it. When students are paying for their degrees they will be sure to attend classes and do well because they are getting they money's worth. But without this monetary motivation it is believed that students would become lazy and less caring.
Do you believe free tuition would be a good thing for our future? Do you think students would become lazier or more willing to earn their degree? What are some other pros and cons that may change someone's argument?
Human’s developments of technology have followed them into a very unavoidable thing in today’s society; warfare. Since the beginning of war, there have are three known revolutions, gunpowder, nuclear, and now the third is just being introduced, autonomous robots. People argue robots in war can save “good” lives and decrease the threat to soldiers out fighting, “avoiding civilian casualties in war and only killing the enemy”(Shapiro), but it brings serious repercussions. With automatons, war loses (whatever) morality that it has had, and also loses the very human trait of mercy. It brings up a question of “what is legal in the laws of war [or] what is morally right - [for that is] something autonomous weapons might not distinguish”(Shapiro). There is also the threat of malfunction and friendly fire as well.
Should robots be used in war, should they only be “strategically” used, or should they be banned altogether? What is the best way to deal with these new technological advances?
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There has been a Worldwide debate going on about Brett Kavanaugh being voted into Supreme Court. There are many controversies about Kavanaugh being one of the most pro-choices for the Supreme Court, but people are trying to decide if he is a good choice or a bad choice. There have been claims that Michael Avenatti has damaging information on Kavanaugh. He also seems as the go to choice for his ideas on changing how the nation’s laws are interpreted. There are also the facts of does this man seem like a sketchy choice from the evidence we’ve heard? Or will he benefit our country?
There are arguments that Kavanaugh is a good choice because Donald trump nominated him to replace Anthony Kennedy. He went to Yale for both college and law school. According to splinternsnews.com “Kavanaugh is a reliable conservative judge who is all but guaranteed to yank the Supreme Court in an even more rightward direction.”
Kavanaugh is also set on changing how we see the law on abortion. He suggested he would permit the government more strictly regulate abortions. He wants to make sure the physicians who perform them have stiffer rules and more requirements. Even if he tries to make abortion illegal and fails, he plans on making it harder for women to be able to get abortions. Kavanaugh has already been rendered unfit for judicial services once. There is a claim that he sexually assaulted a girl in a high school party.
What do you think on this controversy? Is Brett Kavanaugh a good decision upon the supreme court? Or will his presence fail horribly? Do you think he is qualified to be in the supreme court justice? Is he a benefit or a downfall?
In 2018 only 9 states have legalized recreational marijuana and 29 states have legalized medicinal marijuana. Idaho has not legalized either. It has been an argument lately whether Idaho should jump on the marijuana bandwagon and legalize it.
Some arguments are that if Idaho did legalize it would increase our economic standing because it would bring more money into the state from the shops and pot farms.
Other arguments are that legalizing it would make the felony rates decrease because people would not get in trouble for using it and or dealing it. Both of these arguments are more for recreational marijuana. When it comes to medicinal people will argue that prescribed medical marijuana can help with stress relief, anxiety relief, and pain relief.
Do you think that these arguments would outweigh the downfalls that would come from legalizing marijuana in Idaho? Would we benefit more as a state or would it hurt us? Should we just legalize medical because it is in need more? Or should we continue to not pass the laws to legalize it?