Daily Clips: October 5th, 2015

994 mass shootings in 1,004 days: The Guardian compiled data on our nation’s gun violence epidemic and, to put it frankly, it’s deeply depressing. They define a mass shooting as having “four or more people shot in once incident” and after applying these parameters their findings reveal that a mass shooting occurs almost every day in this nation.

John Oliver exposes the hypocrisy of politicians who blame shootings on the mentally ill: Believe me, this segment is worth your time. John Oliver is a genius.

Hillary Clinton’s crackdown on guns would bypass Congress: Good for Hillary. She isn’t shying away from the issues of gun control. In fact, she’s outright going to politicize the issue. Clinton would push for the following legislation if elected president, according to Jonathan Allen:

1. “Clinton would also back legislation closing the “Charleston loophole,” which federal officials say allowed the man accused of killing nine people in a South Carolina church earlier this year to obtain a gun. Under current law, a gun sale can go through if a background check isn’t completed within three days.”

2. “Clinton would support two other legislative efforts: to repeal the gun industry’s exemption from lawsuits against manufacturers — an exemption Bernie Sanders has supported — and to prevent stalkers and those convicted of abusing people they were dating from obtaining guns.”

It’s interesting to consider that Clinton could use guns as an issue to make her look more progressive than Bernie Sanders. She may not have him on the economic populist language, but she could certainly surpass Sanders’ rhetoric and policies in the gun violence conversation .

America needs to let go of its reverence for the bachelor’s degree: The author, Mary Alice McCarthy, contends that “many high-school graduates must choose between two bad options: a four-year program for which they’re not academically or emotionally prepared, or job-specific training that might put a ceiling on their careers.” I certainly agree with the author’s exasperation. She laments how “our higher-education policies simply don’t allow for it—and that’s just a failure of imagination.”

Nick Cassella

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