Why 21 seemed like the best age for the start of tobacco use.
By: Haylie Quarnberg | staff writer
Just this year the age limit for buying tobacco changed to 21. Most of us know it used to be age 19. There is a lot of controversy with everyone’s opinions. There are reasons as to why they did this that I will share, and also my intake and others on the whole situation.
First, the facts, National Academy of Medicine states, “Tobacco 21 could prevent 223,000 deaths among people born between 2000-2019. It could also help prevent lung cancer deaths. They say this law would prevent lung problems by 12 percent. “ Lung.org is another site I used stating, “ 94 percent of smokers had their first cigarette at the age of 21. Smokers ages 18 or 19 would often supply their younger friends.” Most websites state that Tobacco 21 will help change many lives.
My opinion on this new change. I think this new change is good and bad for many reasons. The reason I think this change is good is that tobacco is bad for you, yet many people still do it. I do think the idea that it will prevent deaths is also good, but I don’t think anyone will actually stop. The bad thing is people have so many other ways of getting tobacco that doesn’t involve them even stepping into a vape shop. Also now when you turn 18,19 nothing special happens. You don’t get to do anything different.
In conclusion, I don’t have a very solid opinion on good or bad, but I am curious if this change will prevent everything they say it will.
Published on April 21st, 2020
Gun control, the debate that could last decades.
By: Jaxson Mathis | staff writer
Gun control has become more of a problem in recent years. With mass shootings, suicides among young adults and even three-year-olds, you would think that we could’ve found out how to solve these problems. Many people would argue that gun control is a safe thing, but with clear evidence, it seems to be more toxic than good.
A lot of people may not completely understand what exactly gun control is. In an article written by Patricia Smith, she states that “It can include regulations on what kinds of firearms can be bought and sold, who can possess or sell them, and where and how they can be stored or carried”. The government normally focuses on checking people for background checks, and they enforce who can buy and sell them, as well as what can be bought for the weapon.
Although we do have cops to enforce what happens, it would always be a good idea to have someone ready to help out if help couldn’t arrive in time.Along with the few benefits of gun control, there are definitely disadvantages. “The Federation of American Scientists estimates that 320 million firearms circulate in the US - about enough for every man, woman, and child.” When you think of that number and compare it to the population of the U.S., which is 323 million, we easily have another 7 million left over. There should be no reason to have that many firearms for every person living in the U.S. especially when we have police officers.
It was reported that “in just one week in 2009, New Hampshire gun shop owner Ralph Demicco sold three guns that were ultimately used by their new owners to end their own lives.” Another report says “in 2013, 33,636 people died from gun injuries in the United States. Suicides outnumber homicides almost 2-to-1.” We know that depression is a very serious thing, so why aren’t we doing anything to stop the purchase of guns with something like that? It’s understandable that it’s hard to know if someone has depression, but we could easily require a medical background check to authorize the purchase of such a weapon.
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Published on April 21st, 2020
Why Should You Vote?
Voting gives you voice so why aren't more people doing it?
By: Allison Schuring | staff writer
Voting keeps our nation a democracy and without the option to vote, we would be run by a dictator. We would all have to follow one person’s rules and everything would be divided equally. You would work for everybody, not just yourself. There are a ton of reasons that you could benefit from voting. For instance, you can voice your opinion about a lot of topics, and they could even be taken into higher consideration. Young voters account for half the population, so it is better to vote now because you will have a better chance of getting your voice heard. If you don't vote you are giving up your right to voice your opinion and how you think things should go to better the world.
You probably work and pay taxes, but voting gives you the right to speak about your opinion on the taxes, where they go and how they should be spent. Another great reason you should vote is because you get to vote for the person you think will benefit the world the most, because of their views and points.