"HOW DO PEOPLE LIKE THIS GET GUNS???", a friend asked.
The second amendment, and the gun loophole.
There are no background checks. Anyone can get them. You have a mental illness history, a violent history, a criminal background and you can still buy a gun. The most recent bill in Congress about NRA and gun regulation was shut down. The gun industry fuels everything, it's one of the richest and most unscrupulous industries out there. Yes, people can get guns illegally. But it's more difficult and time taking and usually psychologically disturbed people don't have enough patience to go through it. And I can't believe I have to reveal something so personal to make people listen. My best friend used to be a cutter. Anything can serve as a sharp edge to cut yourself with, but the more easily accessible blades, knives are, the more cuts there would be. I'm so extremely tired of trying to tell people that guns don't kill on their own, but they are designed purely to kill, and no civilian has any business handling these mass murder arms. One or more families might be very responsible with their guns, but that's not a good enough safety to let all people have them... All of them aren't responsible. Almost ALL school shootings have been committed with legal guns; recently, even the Grimms shooter. We mutually agreed to be civilized and to have a state and law and order, and just because some people don't trust their state, or think their life is more important than the thousands of lives lost every year due to gun violence, makes the country one of the most dangerous places in the world. People have the shamelessness to talk about how violence and crime is higher in UK, India etc. And again education is needed... Violence may involve more stabbings or beatings or robbing or assault, but you can check any statistics you trust to see how few people die in other forms of assault. Guns kill. And one life is not more important than a 100. One responsible person isn't good enough when there are 99 irresponsible ones. And the bill and the demand and the protest isn't even for completely banning guns, it's just to have stricter gun regulation, background checks and such. The responsible will still get to keep their goddamn guns. Nobody wants to take away their murder toys. But don't you think it's beyond ridiculous that people are protesting and rejecting a freaking background check, a strict check ( it's easier in the US, cause all your medical and criminal information is linked to your social security number) , and to not issue assault rifles that no civilian could possibly have a valid reason to ask to own. Strict training classes before issuance. The second amendment is literally the worst thing to have happened to USA.
Start with columbine, sandy hook, Zimmerman, Orlando, Michigan... It's upsetting even to sit down and recall or look up all these many, many incidents. Sigh :(
The first time it made it onto TV news was in 2001. I was 10. Two women were at a New Year party-parade celebration near my house (Mumbai) , and they were groped, molested, and raped by several men, while the others in the crowd merely looked on and did nothing, not one finger was lifted to help for a long time. It was a big, breaking news story that new year.
A majority of ministers, news channels, and general public blamed the woman. She was wearing a short, tight, glittery, sleeveless black dress. I heard it being said a million times by a million people that she had brought it upon herself -- why was she out that late in the night, why was she dressed 'obscenely', 'accused' her of having a drink or two ; even went to the extent of saying that she almost deserved it for being a 'loose woman'. This was a warning to all the girls in the country, toe the line, or you will be brutally punished.
The faces of some of the rapists were caught on camera, others' we…
If someone puts out nude pictures of you on the Internet, please know that it DOES NOT MATTER. Posed nudes, Selfie nudes.... It doesn't matter. It's your right to feel comfortable in your body, and if you in some moments decided to embrace your self-confidence and took pictures of yourself, it DOES NOT make you a slut. Please do not let anyone tell you any different.
Do not self-harm or even think about ending your life, cause I promise you'll look back at this one day and understand how silly and inconsequential it was.
Seek help if you are feeling even slightly upset by these things, including bullying, cyber bullying and blackmail ; you will get help and everything will be okay. EVERYTHING IS OKAY AND WILL BE OKAY. Please don't seek unjust permanent solutions to temporary and extremely immaterial issues.
PS: You can reach out to me personally if you prefer.
I'm sure a lot of you can relate to what I am going to talk about - Weddings. yes, it's that season again. For those of you who walked the cultural and 'traditional' route, and will have your parents pick your spouse, this isn't for you , you're gold, congratulations.
The rest of you my friends, gather around. I am addressing the sane, romantic, modern 20-somethings (like a lot of people I know) who have chosen their respective life-partners without any filters of caste, community, language, religion, race. When you come from a certain cultural background and your fiance/fiancee comes from a radically different cultural background, how do you plan your wedding?
Yes, you have wrenched a reluctant blessing and a half-hearted go-ahead from mommy and daddy, uncleji and auntyji . That's great. Unity in diversity we stand for, and your contribution is well appreciated my friends. But it is after this step that the wedding woes start.
Neither family has complete…