The Hot Button, Vol. 1: Gun Control & Net Neutrality

February 22, 2018
GUN CONTROL

The horrific shooting in Parkland took place ten miles from my mom's house, just outside the county I was born and raised in. Yesterday, hundreds of students staged a walkout from the high school I attended from 2010 to 2014; Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School graduates, now undergraduates at my alma mater, hosted a vigil for the victims on Tuesday night. Across South Florida this week, teens have walked miles, hours in the heat in support of the #NeverAgain movement.




Still, Florida lawmakers voted down the bill that would ban assault weapons. Gun control does not have to be a partisan issue. Everyone, regardless of political leaning, should be able to agree that the average American has no need for a military-grade assault weapon. Everyone should be able to agree that banning some guns is not banning all guns. Everyone should be able to agree that stricter background checks do not violate the Constitution.

Every child deserves to attend school without fear and deserves a safe space to learn. Every teacher deserves to be able to walk into work without wondering whether or not they will take a bullet, or their life, for their students that day. Every parent deserves the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their kids and those to whom they entrust their kids are not put in unreasonable, unnecessary danger.

Gun control laws are hotly protested now more than ever, but there are things you can do to build awareness and create change. Many protesting students are under 18 and cannot legally take action, so if you hear what they're saying, you need to fight for them. Here are seven things you can do to help prevent gun violence, and here are actions you can take if you can't stage a walkout.

There have been 18 school shootings in the U.S. this year; let's end the count here.

NET NEUTRALITY

Today, the FCC officially implemented the repeal of net neutrality. This is a huge deal, but it's not over yet. Join Operation #OneMoreVote here, and on February 27, take action to convince one more senator to join the effort to overturn the repeal and keep our Internet an open, free space.

If you don't think this repeal will negatively impact you, you are wrong— unless you happen to be a big cable or media executive. Some things to consider if companies are given the ability to selectively charge Americans to access the Internet:

Education

Who will pay for public school students, teachers, and faculty to access the Internet? Taxpayers? Will tuition fees go up so university students, teachers, and faculty can do the same? How will this impact low-income individuals who may not have computers at home and must rely on public institutions such as libraries and community centers?

Business

How will this impact the average small business owner? What about those who make their living online, such as remote employees, freelancers, and online shop owners? Will the concept of "free wifi" become null and void?

Everyday Life

How does paying to Google something sound? Paying to watch Netflix or stream music, which you already pay for? What about paying to job search or to tweet?

We have a limited window to fix this, so spread the word, sign this petition, and remember to take action on Tuesday, February 27.

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