This year in Government I have most enjoyed the debates and our discussions on twitter and in class about our thoughts on the candidates’ views and how they presented them. As a class it was widely agreed upon that Governor Romney started off the debates hot, he came out portraying his views and plans very strongly while President Obama seemed to have a relaxed or aloof demeanor, almost suggesting that he thought he already had won the presidential race. CNN covered the first debate in Denver and they believed that “Romney was hungry, Obama was flat.” The discussion about the debate was raging on twitter as students and teacher alike spoke their thoughts. Mr. Schmidt, one of our teachers in the English department chimed in on the conversation going on at our ParishGOV twitter page by saying, “Obama is totally taking the bait: engaging Romney in the Reagan-era culture war.” He was also of the belief that Romney started hot and Obama fell into a lull. Seeing the different views of people in our class and how heated the conversations could get was rather interesting. Every clashing idea and every agreement was expressed without holding back while trying to prove their own thought or disprove another. The class discussions were definitely a very memorable part from government class.
When we were able to do our class work with a group and then break off by ourselves to finish the other half of the assignment, was very enriching. Since we were able to gain the perspective of the group’s members before we broke off to do the rest of assignment by ourselves we could answer the questions on our own with a broader and more insightful perspective on the subject. Without starting the assignment with the group we would have had a more narrow view of the subject and would not have been able to answer the questions to our full potential.
Towards the end of the second trimester when we began to have current event presentations the classroom erupted in discussion over the current issues and news in America. Gun control and North Korea were the big topics for our current events and discussions and debates on them. North Korea’s nuclear warhead threat was incessantly debated and talked about in our class. The Guardian reported that North Korea has been testing the nuclear warheads for a while and they were being tested again in early February. In class the debate went on about whether North Korea was a threat to the United States or not. The current event presentations in class gave us a great view of the world today and a chance to express our own opinions about it.
Government class this year has been a very enriching and exciting experience for me and most likely the whole class. Class discussion, working together on work, and current events made the class very interesting for anyone avidly participating and even people who just wanted to listen. Everyone gained new knowledge on how to better your thought process and how to support and speak about your own opinions.
Since the terrible shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary there have been very many people pushing for the control of guns, meaning that guns should be banned or the guidelines for acquiring a firearm must become very strict. Those in favor of new controls on guns do not believe in the benefits of having a concealed weapon for defense. The masses base a lot of their beliefs on what the media imparts on us as viewers, rarely if at all seeing the flip side. One of those stories includes one from KHOU, a news station in Houston, Texas, on February 22 of this year. Three violent thieves invaded a home with a middle aged couple residing there with their twenty-one year old son. The intruders violently attacked the father, forcibly shoving him to the ground before moving on to his wife. Their son, thinking quickly went into his father’s bedroom and grabbed his dad’s gun; he then proceeded to open fire on the three intruders. One of the violent thieves was killed. The other two were captured and taken into custody by the Houston police. If not for their son’s quick thinking and his access to a weapon used in his defense, he and his family could have been seriously injured or worse they could have been killed. After the incident the Houston news station that broke this story interviewed one of the family’s neighbors; the neighbor was behind the action that their son took in defending his parents. He agrees that guns should be used as self defense and should not be taken away from the public. The neighbor went on to say that, “People can’t go breaking into people’s homes and not expect some sort of consequence.” In this case the use of a firearm in self defense saved the lives of this Houston family.
Another story was broken in Texas this last Friday by the KTRK Houston news team about two armed robbers that broke into a gold and diamond jewelry store at around 10:30 in the morning. The two armed robbers held the owner of the store at gunpoint but while trying to steal the goods in the store. The owner Harry Little, pulled out a gun and in self defense against the armed robbers and fired a shot at the thieves. Mr. Little shot missed but it was enough for the armed robbers to flee without stealing anything and everyone in the store was unharmed. An eye witness recounted the incident by saying, “Harry Little pulled out his gun and shot. The shot missed; the minute the shot rang out they all just took off, took off around the corner and ran out.” This incident in Houston was another example of how guns can save the lives of people. The store owner Mr. Little acted in the defense of himself, his property and to protect others in his store. This is one of those stories that the major public is not exposed to because media controls content. Showing how guns can be used for good and not for evil acts is not always good for ratings.
In my opinion, America is exposed to what the media controls and we do not often get to see the upside of weapons being used in self-defense or the stories of help and security guns can provide for us as every day civilians. These two recent examples from Houston show us how guns as defensive weapons, used correctly can save lives of people in danger. Although the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary was a horrific tragedy, it was played over and over again in the media, imbedding in our minds how guns in the wrong hands can cause so much pain and suffering fueling those in favor of gun control. Sandy Hook, Columbine and the theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado, may have been prevented or at least thwarted if a civilian had a gun. Taking away the toy guns of children or the gun rights of law abiding, responsible citizens will not keep the guns out of the hands of criminals.