On Friday, March 15, 2019 the city of Christchurch, New Zealand was shocked over the shooting deaths of 49 people. The shootings were said to be an act of terrorism towards the Christchurch mosques that day.
The first attack took place in the Al Noor Mosque at 1:40 p.m., while the other attack started at 1:55 p.m. in the Linwood Islamic Center. The combined shootings left seven dead at the Linwood Mosque and 41 others dead in the Al Noor Mosque with a 42 which died later at the Christchurch Hospital.
There have been many church and school shootings over the years, but no action has been taken to prevent the shootings from occurring. Within 72 hours of the Christchurch shooting a law was proposed to ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles. After the incident action was taken, Jacinda Ardern the Prime Minister of New Zealand made sure to put an end to this gun violence. Families will no longer live in constant fear that another tragedy such as the Christchurch shooting will be repeated.
If the government does not take any action the number will increase. If the rest of the U.S. government were to do the exact thing as the New Zealand government there would be less shootings. There was 262 American mass shootings in the United States in 2018 alone. Without a doubt, our system needs to put politics aside and put the lives of the American people first.
Reporter: Gisselle Suarez
Everyday 100 people are killed with guns in America. The US also holds the record for most gun-related homicides for every 100,000 residents. There’s an average of 36,383 deaths per year with 22,274 of the being suicide. Colorado has now passed a legislation that allows law enforcement, family, or household members to petition the court to have weapons seized or surrendered. This bill also states that in order to repossess the weapon(s) the owner must prove he/she no longer poses a risk.
To begin I want to state that I am a gun advocate. I plan to obtain a conceal and carry permit later in my future for self-defense purposes. Ever heard of the phrase “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”? This phrase is a fact. We humans are the ones wielding the guns and what’s stopping us from using any other object to kill? In this sense, it comes down to how dangerous a particular weapon is in addition to the owner. This is what makes the previously stated legislation great because it still allows anyone(permitted) to own weapons.
To only have law enforcement handling firearms may be our justice systems demise. Not only will this allow for an increase in the loss of defenseless-lives but it could also increase the amount of “dirty cops” by having such power. An example can be seen in a home robbery. The owner of the house will be defenseless against the robber until law enforcement comes, possibly resulting in injury or even death of the owner.
I cannot see reason why not to make guns control stricter for the safety of others. However, there are still other factors that come into play. For example, some argue that making guns illegal( or harder to obtain) would render most citizens defenseless against criminals who can inevitably obtain a gun. I believe that, because guns will always be around, gun control should be lifted. My idea is to fight guns with guns. I don’t advocate fighting but self-reliance
Reporter: Makai Walker
Over this past spring break, I decided to try something new and visit a new movie theater. I am usually a sucker for the Metro Point movie theater in Costa Mesa, but its expensive prices for food and drinks are beginning to get out of hand. This is why I decided to try a more affordable option (even though it is a little bit further).
The movie theater I decided to try is called Picture Show in the Main Place Mall in Santa Ana, California. Upon researching Picture Show, I was first surprised by the prices of the tickets. I ended up paying $6.75 for my ticket to see the movie Dumbo which was a huge difference from the $11.45 I typically pay. Along with this, I noticed how Picture Show offered films that are no longer showing in other theaters such as Captain Marvel and Shazam. I thought this was pretty cool for those who missed a movie that may have been released earlier in the year.
As I entered the theater, I was immediately shocked to see how long the line to buy popcorn was. I soon found out that the line for popcorn and drinks was also the same line to purchase a movie ticket. Luckily, I had already purchased my ticket online. However, this system made me have to wait a long time to see my movie and almost be late to my movie. I stood in the line for about 15-17 minutes. While I was a bit upset about having to wait in the long line, I felt pretty good knowing that I wasn't going to spend $30-$50 on snacks. After purchasing a medium popcorn, a large coke, and a Slurpee, I spent around $15-a steal!
After I finally got my snack, I walked in the movie theater. As soon as I entered, I was absolutely amazed to see the theater had reclining chairs! I found my seat with my cousin and immediately laid back and relaxed. However, my relaxation quickly came to halt as soon as the movie started. Immediately, I was shocked to hear the amount of babies crying and people talking throughout the whole movie. This was something I have never experienced before and really ruined the whole experience for me. While it was not the theater's fault, it was really disappointing.
Overall, I would rate the Picture Show a 6/10. While it had great amenities, there was a lack of care and efficiency. The unfortunate crying and talking throughout the movie was upsetting. While the theater is not necessarily to blame and it was typically a family day at the theater, hopefully they will work to improve the establishment of their movie theater rules. If you don't mind a noisy theater and enjoy cheap prices/being able to sit in a reclining chair during a movie, then it's worth giving it a shot. Who knows, maybe if you go on a more quiet day of the week it will be a different experience. I personally think I will stick to Metro Point.
Reporter: Cosette Terriquez
Some may argue that money can either bring happiness to people or cause issues. In some cases that can be true. If you’re having a bad day you can just buy yourself a long lasting vacation, but for other people that’s not an option due to a lack of money.
Recently the FBI uncovered a college admissions scandal which involved extremely wealthy families and celebrities such as Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman who alleged illegally paid their children's way into college.
University of Southern California, UCLA, and Yale are some of the schools that are currently being investigated. Athletic coaches were being paid to lie and tell colleges that the students had been involved in sports, and some students lied about having learning disabilities so that they were allowed more testing time on the ACT and SAT. Both of Loughlin's daughters were granted admission at USC with the help of athlete coaches. The senior associate athletic director at USC was bribed by both parents to recruit both daughters as athletes to increase their chances of getting accepted.
I was not surprised when I first heard about the college scandal. Celebrities, wealthy, and the privileged have always had a way of getting away with things due to their financial status. Loughlin, Huffman and the 50 other people accused in the scandal could be charged with jail time for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud as well. Of course, Huffman was able to pay her bail of $250,000 to avoid jail time. As long as these people have money they will never have to deal with the consequences of their actions. It is time that the law makes an example of those who feel like they are above it.
Reporter: Gisselle Suarez
Racial profiling has been a prevailing topic in the United states for an extensive amount of time. In many cases what we call “racial profiling” has been a beneficial tactic for the safety of our communities as well as our country. Profiling is the recording and analysis of how a person acts psychologically and what their behavior is to predict their capabilities. Therefore, profiling is beneficial for American society to potentially prevent great tragedies.
Profiling can help end situations that are critically dangerous to communities. George Metesky known as “mad bomber” planted thirty miniature bombs around the city of New York. It wasn’t until investigators asked psychiatrist James Brussel for assistance that they finally arrested Metesky. James Brussel came up with an accurate description of “mad bomber” that helped investigators get to the bottom of their criminal case. If it wasn’t for profiling, there would have been many more added lost lives because the criminal George Metesky would have
continued to plant bombs in other public places that would have had a horrible ending.
Profiling can also be used to warn the public about these type of serial criminals. When there is someone out in your community that can potentially be life threatening it is crucial that you know about it. It can help you take certain safety measures that you wouldn’t have taken if there was no warning. For instance, if there was an individual who was assassinating middle aged hispanic males after 8 pm then it would be logically correct to stay home after 8 pm if you are a middle aged hispanic male. Profiling helps save many lives, not only does it help investigators catch the culprit, but it also helps communities take safety measures that will keep them whole and healthy.
In many cases people are against profiling because they think it is racially motivated, but it would be absurd not to use all the information of a possible unidentified subject which includes race. It is important to recognize that race is part of the strategy of profiling. Race is a crucial part of having a complete profile just like age and sex. Therefore, profiling is not racially motivated, rather race is an important factor of a criminal profile that can help reduce potential suspects which will eventually lead to the capturing of the criminal and the safety of numerous people. Profiling is a way of targeting an unidentified subject who committed a crime and is a way of keeping the United States safe.
Reporter: Jeraldy Gomez
On February 6, 2019, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record. In fact, the previous five years have been the hottest years on record since the data has been recorded since 1880. In total, since 1880, the earth’s surface temperature has risen by 2 degrees Fahrenheit. This may not seem like a big change, but in reality, it is changing our world. So this leads to the question, does global warming exist?
Since 1880, there have been numerous advances that have taken the world to another level. There is also a greater population on the planet presently than there was in 1880. In fact, there are nearly 6 billion more people on earth now than there was in 1880. With more factories in the world, more people on the road, and more fossil fuels being consumed, there should be consequences that would impact the people.
What is not often discussed is what happens to the animals and the environment. Sea levels are rising due to glaciers melting. This causes floods to be more common which can cause havoc to land and to those that live there. Since glaciers are melting, animals who live on the glaciers are left without a home.
Humans have produced so much excess waste that it is now beginning to affect the lives of the people. Factories that produce goods for the people release gases that are harmful to the atmosphere. These gases are called Greenhouse Gases. The level of Greenhouse Gases in the atmosphere is higher now than anytime in the previous 80,000 years.
Evidence shows that global warming exists because of how much the planet has changed since 1880, when data was first being recorded. With all of the data present, it is sure to make people wonder what will happen in the near future. Day by day, more and more animals and people are suffering, as well as the environment. We need to make better decisions if we want the planet to be in good shape for our children and generations to come. Whether it is lifestyle or travelling, anything that can be done to help the environment should be done for the greater good of humanity.
Reporter: Myles Witte
School is what keeps most of students occupied. We spend up to 7 hours in school being educated on different topics, but we aren’t taught about other topics such as mental health. In elementary school kids are taught about changes that occur in our body as we get older, but mental health isn’t part of the curriculum.
Statistics show that 1 in 5 teens aged 14 to 24 suffer from a mental health illness. Only a third of those teenagers are getting the proper help and resources needed. Some students may not know that they are experiencing a mental illness because they've never been taught the warning signs to look out for. The lack of knowledge later on leads to questions which can’t always be answered.
As of 2018, anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S. that is affecting up to 40 million adults starting at the age of eighteen. Only 36% of those suffering with anxiety receive the proper treatment. That is only one example, but there are other disorders that remain untreated as well. The government and school districts spend thousands of dollars designing curriculum for students of all ages yet fail to address the growing epidemic of mental illnesses in the United States today.
Reporter: Gisselle Suarez
Global warming. It’s a long-term rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system. This phenomenon is correlated with the greenhouse effect which occurs when the sun’s warmth is trapped in earth’s lower atmosphere. This is predicted to have numerous effects on earth and the oceans as well as ice caps in the poles.
In my opinion, global warming is inevitable. Today’s the potential for it happening has increased and it keeps increasing. As one human in a world of 7.7 billion I see that not enough people are noticing the signs as well as the possible effects that it has on the planet.
Global warming will basically turn mother nature against us and I couldn’t blame her. Ice caps will melt and raise sea levels affecting the Eastern Seaboard. The increase in heat will also cause early snowmelt as well as droughts. The extreme weather conditions will cause a disturbance for animals in there natural habitats. There is potential for an increase in allergies, asthma, and infectious disease outbreaks due to increased growth in pollen-producing ragweed, pollution, pathogens and mosquitos. Said effects will continue and increase if we humans don’t pay attention to what we do to our planet.
Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent, wrote about global warming in her news piece published on February 26, 2019, Evidence for man-made global warming hits ‘gold standard’:scientists. It says, “evidence for global warming reached the five sigma level by 2005 in two of three sets of satellite data widely used by researchers, and in 2016 in the third”. “sigma” is a statistical term that measures how much a process varies from perfection, based on the number of defects per million units. Keep in mind this research was conducted in earlier years. Doyle also says, “The last four years have been the hottest since records began in the 19th century”.
Global warming isn’t a hard concept to acknowledge so that means people are just ignoring it like it couldn’t happen any time soon. A mentality as such is selfish regarding the future inhabitants of this planet. That includes your future family...
Reporter: Makai Walker
On the 24th of February, the 2019 Oscars premiered on ABC. Stars such as Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Queen, Rami Malek, Julia Roberts, and Emma Stone all attended the event. The Oscars were opened up with Queen and Adam Lambert performing classic songs such as We Are the Champions and We Will Rock You.
Soon after, the awards were announced. The most notable awards received were by Rami Malek from Bohemian Rhapsody for best actor, Olivia Colman from The Favorite for best actress, and The Greenbook for best picture. Furthermore, the best actor in a supporting role award was received by Mahershala Ali for The Greenbook and the best actress in a supporting role was received by Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk. Along with this, a performance of Shallow from A Star is Born was performed by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper which brought the night to the end. Overall, there were many first time Oscar winners and a lot of happy faces in the crowd that night.
Reporter: Cosette Terriquez
Daily, plastic water cups are provided to students during nutrition and lunch for the convenience and luxury of the students to stay hydrated. Even though there are water fountains and refillable water stations, the water cups are still put into place. It is estimated that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.
The thing about plastic is that it is super durable and long lasting which is a reason it is used worldwide but those are also the same reasons it is so harmful to our environment. The durability makes it impossible to decompose, normally taking plastic bags up to 10,000 years In landfills and water bottles taking up to 450 years to decompose. But most of that garbage and plastic will end up in our oceans washed up ashore, in rivers and in our food chain.
The cafeteria staff at our school provides at least 500 water cups daily and 100 plastic straws or more. According to Greenpeace, only 9 percent of the plastic in the world gets recycled. Americans use 500 million plastic straws every single day. The fact that our school contributes to the pollution in the oceans is disgusting when it can easily be prevented.
Small pieces of plastic are eaten by fish, turtles and seabirds, often resulting in their death. Animals and birds can also become tangled up in plastic debris, leading to serious injuries and fatalities
To lessen your impact on the environment reduce your use of plastic by shopping with reusable grocery bags, using reusable silverware and straws, carrying reusable water bottles, and recycling whenever possible. Be aware of our planet the next time you pick up a plastic water cup because there is no planet b.
Reporter: Claudia Arce