Over the years, violent entertainment has turned into the ultimate scapegoat for society’s problems. Most recently, politicians and policymakers have blamed the gaming, TV and film industries for the mass shootings that are so prevalent today.
In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, which exacted a combined death toll of 32 and left 51 people injured. President Donald Trump jumped on the bandwagon. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick did too. They singled out violent video games and movies as factors contributing to mass shootings like those.
A wave of cultural and political correctness has swept throughout world. In the age of social media, information is abundantly available, and we expect everyone to be socially aware. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat allow users to share opinions, thoughts and ideologies – whether they are good or bad. These ideas come with little to no accountability because at the first sign of backlash, anyone can delete their comments or posts.
However, the same cannot be said for public figures whose every move is being watched by the world. From this, a culture of calling out, and essentially, boycotting public figures was created. It is part of a new societal norm called cancel culture. Any of these figures who step out of line can be “canceled” with nothing else but a wave of public outcry. And, often times, there is no means of redemption when this happens.
According to the Department of Justice, violent extremists are individuals who support or commit ideologically motivated violence to further political goals.
But this definition is far too broad. To fight violent extremism, effectively, we must define it much more precisely.
Police officers sometimes use force, too, to stop a crime or maintain the peace. They are empowered to do this by the legal framework built on the U.S. Continue reading Stopping violence requires specificity→
Climate change is a threat that needs to be addressed with a sense of urgency, but the Green New Deal is not the solution. Filed as H. Res. 109, the Green New Deal was an awful piece of legislation – a legal Trojan horse. It was radical, highly partisan and unrealistic. It’s not what the American people need.
In 2015, the movie “Spotlight” redirected media attention to the decades-long controversy of sexual abuse taking place in the Roman Catholic Church. Many abuse cases have surfaced over the past few decades, but did not get enough attention from the public to make news. Continue reading Pedophile priests belong behind bars→
The college admissions scandal, in which parents allegedly paid millions of dollars to get their children into college through an illegal back door, is appalling. On March 12, William “Rick” Singer, a former Brookhaven College student and the mastermind of the scheme in which bribes were funneled to college coaches and test administrators, pleaded guilty to racketeering, money laundering, tax evasion and obstruction of justice. Federal authorities indicted 50 people, including 33 parents, who allegedly participated in the scam.Continue reading Admissions bribery is reprehensible→
Before voting on any issue in Farmers Branch, residents must first navigate a wasteland of opinion and misinformation. One might initially assume that officials and staff are responsible for the situation. However, this opinion landfill is created by residents.Continue reading Manske Library should get new building→