It's not guns or mental health

Yet another shooting hitting the airwaves and the cycle continues...

Ya know, it's becoming a regular occurrence that we all hear about a tragedy, then we squabble and argue about who-knows-what and then things go silent until the next one. I'm tired of it. It's bad enough that awful things happen but then it starts becoming nuanced like any other cultural idiosyncrasy. Here's my two cents...

The thing is - we could all start bringing out personal agendas and opinions to the table as soon as tragedy strikes, trying to solve the matter, or piggy backing to promote or protect your own ideals but, when anything does happen, we all seem to forget one thing; people. People, from victims to violators, to bystanders and more, cannot be condensed into two categories in the midst of an issue. All I hear are people arguing about gun control or mental health, and then it starts becoming a clash of personal beliefs and changing laws. The fact is that no amount if spattering your opinion or changing policy is going to change people.

The fact is I could pass a Rorschach Test and file for a gun permit in the same day, and a week later open fire on a post office. No amount of reform or policy is going to change that hypothetical event because all changing laws or social dictum does is just that. It's part of the cycle. Every single day bad things happen. Am I saying that there is nothing we can do about it? No. What I am saying though is that, like cancer or world hunger, violence is a dense concept and can't be "solved" in a day. It's going to take the metaphorical "hours of lab research" to even begin to understand it; especially when it's a facet of human character and not a virus or sociological phenomenon. I believe our entire way of life has to change to even begin to fathom a world where this doesn't happen. Call me a fence sitter or over-philosophical but, it's something more than offering the typical diatribe nonsense you hear every day. Would you agree or disagree?

When is the right time to talk about gun control?

With yet another school shooting, we as a nation are once again at the gun control crossroads, where we must ask ourselves, when is the right time to talk about gun control? After each and every mass shooting, the two sides clash. What is better for the immediate aftermath of such a tragedy, thoughts and prayers for the deceased, or opening up talks about gun control and how to end this tragic pattern once and for all? I don't know if the quote really did come from Albert Einstein and I'm too lazy to look it up, but you've probably heard the quote "Insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results." After each and every mass shooting, we hear that it is too early to be talking about gun control, that we have to let the families who suffered loss heal before we bring it up. And each and every time, before you know it, the shooting is a distant memory to all but those who lived it. We've tried these thoughts and prayers too many times and nothing is changing. When are we going to do something else since our current strategy is definitely not working? We need to start that change now! We need to ensure this last shooting doesn't become just another tragic moment in history, we need to keep it at the forefront of our minds each and every day and we need to confront our congressmen and senators and push and push until they change something. I don't know what increased gun control should mean, no guns, more guns, better background checks, more mental health checks for gun owners, I don't know, but at this point doing nothing is just an insult to those who have suffered through a shooting. I'm sure more of the survivors and families of those who lost people would prefer action over something as insubstantial and hallow as thoughts and prayers. If we continue to do nothing, I see a day not too far in our future where every single person in the United States will have a close personal connection to someone who has experienced or died in a mass shooting. Maybe then if not before there will finally be enough people willing to confront the problem, but I shudder to think how many more will have to die before the day when people finally realize, we've done nothing long enough, it's time to do something!

Background checks for guns

Do you think stronger background checks would help prevent school shootings? We clearly have a problem in the US with mass shootings, but it seems like people are very divided on what would actually help stop them from happening.

Opinion on tattoos & piercings?

As someone who's just gotten their first tattoo (and is already planning their second!), I want to know what your opinion on tattoos (as well as piercings) are?

Should I invest in bitcoin?

It seems that all of my friends are into bitcoin, and some of them have earned money. Does anyone here do Bitcoin? If so, would you recommend I get it?

Would you pay to use social media?

Well, as many of you have heard; Net Neutrality is dead. The FCC decided today to repeal Net Neutrality in a vote 3 to 2. Net Neutrality is the concept that all information and data on the internet is treated equally, meaning that no one site or app can be treated differently than any other. However, now that Net Neutrality has been repealed, any internet service provider could do things like slow down certain sites unless you pay for premium service or charge to use certain apps all together.

You want to browse Facebook? That's a monthly fee. You like to use LinkedIn? You have to pay for that too. YouTube video loading super slow? You don't have the entertainment sites package. Want to propose a conundrum on your favorite site Quandree? Sorry, you don't have access to that!

It's pretty obvious, well I would hope so, that absolutely NOBODY wants this. But, I'm curious if there are any voices of dissent out there. Maybe an FCC representative or two perhaps.

So, tell me, would you pay extra to use some of your favorite sites?

The Flu Shot- To get or not to get

I am so torn about the flu vaccine. People say you should get it every year, but it only covers a specific strain. I know people who have gotten it and they still get the flu. Plus, it only gives you 10% protection against the flu. The science changes so fast, it seems like it isn't trustworthy. What do you think? Should everyone get the vaccine?

Screening for cancer

I was at the doctor recently, she told me that the coverage for screenings has changed. Men are not screened for prostate cancer any more. Women's pap smears are now being covered every 3 years instead of yearly. Breast screenings are now going to be be offered less frequently as well. This really freaks me out. I feel like the best survival for cancer is to catch it early. Should insurance keep paying for yearly screenings?

Are cute shoes worth the pain?

I love a pair of shoes of mine, I mean....like really love them. The problem is, they are too small. They kill my feet every time I wear them. Is fashion worth the pain???

Where should I do my Cristmas shopping?

Christmas is coming up and I have no idea what to get my family and friends. This happens every year and it becomes increasingly difficult to be original. I'm torn between making the effort to go out to stores to look around and find inspiration or staying at home and hoping something comes to mind. There's really no certainty in either endeavor but I'm more likely to find things out shopping but, I also have the convenience of staying at home and ultimately having any item in the world at my finger tips. I just don't know what that item is unfortunately. Are there any tools you use to help you find gifts?

In any case, do I go to the stores to find something or stay at home and hope for inspiration to strike?

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