Gun control has been a prime topic throughout the news lately. This year, Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs have been two areas facing devastating results of gun violence. Last year, it was Dallas and Orlando; before that, San Bernardino, Sandy Hook, Columbine...the list goes on and on. Still, Americans sit here magically waiting for something to change on its own. How many times does this have to happen for us to take action?
Once a shooting happens, society offers thoughts and prayers to the ones affected, but this happens every single time. It's nice to see that we can all come together as a nation and be strong in these times of need, but why can't we do the same thing for gun control efforts to stop these sorrowful times of need from happening in the first place?
I'm not saying that guns should be under lock and code, only to be used for specific situations. I believe there should be more restriction on the ability to get a gun in the United States. This could include further and more detailed background checks in order to have a gun in your possession. Right now, a random person could walk into the closest Walmart and purchase a gun with little questioning and a very little waiting period. This poses a serious threat to America and its people.
Today, we live in a gun-loving culture. According to CNN, "Americans own nearly half (48%) of the estimated 650 million civilian-owned guns worldwide." This goes to show that guns are popular and well-liked here. Many people have guns for self-protection or other uses like hunting, and they do not pose a serious threat. It's when a gun gets in the wrong hands that people's lives are all in danger. It is very hard to account for those situations, but taking action on stricter control of guns can limit the chances of it happening.
At the end of the day, mass shootings are a shocking and devastating event that constantly affect the nation we live in. Nothing will change if Americans don't take action to prevent these acts from occurring. America can't let its own nation destroy itself.
When will we be ready to step up for our country and take action to safe lives?
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Cramming in homework before the day of the big test or getting home late from a sports game to get what may feel like a second of sleep; we’ve all been there whether or not you want to admit it.
The recommended 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night can feel like an eternity away with all the factors of life, but little do many know that those sleepless nights can have a huge impact on your brain and body.
Sleep deprivation affects your brain more than you think. The hippocampus is greatly impacted by lack of sleep. This part of your brain is associated with memories; when someone doesn’t get the appropriate amount of sleep, their ability to retain new memories decreases vastly.
Being able to think clearly and reaction time are also heavily influenced with the lack of sleep. This lack of focus can be detrimental to someone’s daily life by not correctly performing or having full attention on a specific task.
In addition, sleep deprivation affects your health. Your immune system is very important in keeping you healthy; when you don’t get the right amount of sleep, it gets disrupted, causing you to get sick easier.
High blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity are all associated with sleep deprivation, too. This not only increases your chances of getting all these now, it also increases your chances of receiving them later in your life.
Finally, of course, you can feel more fatigued when you lack sleep which can be associated with your lack of focus causing you to not be 100% aware.
The absence of sleep is not only harmful to you, but also to others. Drowsy driving has become a serious issue lately among many drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “1 in 25 drivers (18 years and older) have admitted to falling asleep at the wheel in the last 30 days.” This goes to show that sleep deprivation is very common among drivers all across the nation and can happen to anyone anywhere.
In fact, being drowsy and being intoxicated are closely related with the impairments they both create. Like alcohol, sleep exhaustion slows reaction time, decreases awareness, and impairs judgment.
However, unlike driving under the influence of alcohol, there is no “breathalyzer” for sleepiness; therefore, there is no way to detect if a person is “too sleepy” on the road. This makes driving drowsy even more dangerous than it already is.
Sleep is a wonderful necessity that most of us take for granted. The lack of sleep can cause your brain and body to suffer significantly. Take care of yourself now, you will thank yourself later in life. In the long run, not getting enough sleep could be the difference between life and death. Sleep wisely.
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The world now revolves around the internet-social media in particular. Social media has benefited society in multiple ways, inculding communication and news. It also has not-so-great characteristics like harassment and judgment. With so many eyes upon it, the influence social media carries has greatly increased.
One of the most influential social media sites out there is Instagram. It's a site where people share photos online with their followers. Since Instagram is a "photo only " site, users want to make sure the picture everyone is seeing is the "picture perfect" photo.
The stakes are higher and the judgments are harder. Many use false advertisement to achieve this effect. Manipulation processes like Photoshop and filters are commonly used on the images posted on the app. This raises the question whether our society is at the point where we would rather accept fake non-reality than what is indeed real?
People using these photo-based social media applications are willing to do anything to attain the body types being portrayed. Teens and young adults are the ones more likely to "compare" themselves to the unrealistic pictures seen on Instagram according to CNN. This is not only giving young people a false reality they attempt to attain, but it is also damaging their mental health.
Anxiety, depression, and eating disorders are higher in teens than they should be. Social media could indeed be a contributing factor. The fact is that applications like Instagram have users trying to portray a body image that very few people can achieve in a healthy way. The more social media progresses, the more problems come with it. The big question is "Is there a way we can stop, or limit such abuses of social media?"
What we are seeing now is not progress, it's decline. How can social media flourish if so many people are putting themselves in danger because of what they are seeing? Is social media helping or hurting the youth? Should something be done and if so, would people be able to wake up before it's too late? These questions are something everyone using social media should take into consideration and think about.
Just remember, there is only one you, and you are perfect the way you are. You do not need to try to become a copy of the latest Instagram star.
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Soon after jumping in, the sharp rocks started to dig into our feet. We then remembered we forgot water shoes. Our feet were not happy with us. Aside from the fail of us forgetting water shoes, the views from the shut-ins were breathtaking. All the rocks and the ripples of the water were beautiful. That experience is one I will never forget.
On the way back, we had one more last minute stop (those are the best on a trip). On the side of the road was a scenic view area to see the Ozark hills of Missouri. We stopped there and took in the view, then headed back home.
Did you also know that this region is home to the highest peak in Missouri, Taum Sauk Mountain? That's a place we will have to add to our list if we head down that way again!
This trip was full of good and bad experiences, but that is how you learn—from your achievements and mistakes. It taught me how to be patient and how to be in the moment.
Also, driving a long time in an unfamiliar setting, along with being surrounded by people, taught me patience. I had to understand not all things happen right away; some things just take time. Being in the moment on this trip allowed me to enjoy it more. I wasn't worrying about what was going to happen or where to go next, I let my instincts take control and went with the flow.
Traveling can open a chapter in your life full of exploration and adventure. Leaving your daily reality behind and going into the great beyond can be peaceful. It also creates memories and stories to share with others.
Don't be afraid to get out of your shell and go somewhere new to try new things. It may make your life a little more interesting.