Gun Control – Your Thoughts?

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Since the Sandy Hook shooting we have seen in increased fervor for reform of gun laws in America. This same fervor has often been voiced in the aftermath of shootings across the country but was usually quick to died out due to political holdups, lobbyist groups, and the simple passage of time. What’s different this time is that since Sandy Hook, activists for gun control reform have not lost steam, nor have they bowed to the pressure of the NRA or other gun advocacy groups that press for more access and simpler acquisition to firearms. They are not allowing the nation’s memory of this event to be lost to the flows of time, but are instead helping to ensure that such an event does not happen again by not allowing us to forget. These activists, political leaders and family members of those killed or wounded by the events at Sandy Hook are pressing for change by way of mandatory background checks for all gun purchases (including those at gun shows), bans on assault weapons, limitations on the amount of ammunition any “street legal” (to use a potentially ill fitting term) gun can hold and by working towards potential solutions to individuals that buy guns under the pretense that they are for their own personal use only to turn right around and sell them to others on a type of black market.

The Purpose of this post is to spur conversation. If this is a topic that interests you, regardless of which side of the issue you align with, please feel free to comment, share a news link, or post a video on the feed that deals with this current hot ticket item in American politics.

Some questions to consider may be:

1.) Do you feel that the above listed pending restrictions (now enforced in some states) are needed? Why or why not?

2.) How do you feel money plays a role in this decision making process? Are politicians protecting their donors interests or their constituents?

3.) Is gun reform likely to take hold on the national level? Would it be able to be successfully implemented? Why or why not?

4.) What are the potential drawbacks (if any) to enacting stricter gun laws in America?

Please leave your comments below. Leaving links to articles or studies would help us better understand your comments. Thanks, and as always, please keep comments civil. It is always okay to have opposing opinions.

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Students: Cogs or Social Contributions?

After reading this recent article:  http://chronicle.com/article/A-College-Degree-Sorts-Job/137625/#id=overview, I wondered what the solution was to helping employers attain employees more prepared for their jobs.  

And I thought about the purpose of our education system.  

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What truly is the purpose of an education?  And who defines this purpose?  Money, or people?

It seems education is split between two forms:

Vocational – the student is trained to perform in a specific field, and hopefully come to par with expectations such as Boeing.

Exploratory – the student is trained to have the capacity to perform in a specific field, or many different fields, and to contribute to our society via their work.

That, at least, is what I garnered from this article, and my understanding of education systems.

Does an education have to be so black and white?  Or can it be something in-between?

I also thought about our job environment.

What truly is the purpose of a job?  And who defines this purpose?  Money, or people?

It seems jobs are split between two forms:

Vocational – the employee is expected to be a cog in the money-making, success-making machine.

Exploratory – the employee is expected to contribute to our society via their work.

Should companies that want students with a vocational education fund only vocational schools, and vice versa?  Or is there some happy medium that can be attained between these different forms of jobs and education?  Is it the role of any institution to educate a student for a job, or is that the role of the company?  Is there something lost, and something gained, by having one type of education and work, and not the other?