This week down in Georgia a 18 month old baby was shot in the face. He was shot on a morning walk with his mother. Two teenage boys, one 17 and the other 14 walked up to the mother, Sherry West, pointed a gun at her and demanded money. She did not have any money on her so one of them shot at her hitting her and then shot her baby, Antonio, in the face. The seventeen year-old, De’Marquis Elkins, was charged as an adult with first degree murder. The fourteen year-old is a juvenile so his name was not given.
I think it is sad that two kids could commit murder to anyone let alone a baby. They should both be charged the most they can be charged. I could not imagine what they were think when they pulled the trigger. They must have been in a very bad situation to need money that bad.
A new law has been passed in South Dakota that allows teachers to carry firearms as a result of the elementary school shooting in Newtown. There are currently eight states that allow concealed firearms; they are Hawaii, New Hampshire, Alabama, Arizona, California, Oregon, Rhode Island and Utah. The difference is that South Dakota is allowing the teachers to have them and not be concealed. It is still of the school board if they would like to have their teachers carry guns.
Do you think a gun or a swimming pool is more dangerous to children? Well the swimming pool is the winner. Many more children die from swimming pools then children that die from guns.(Freakonomics) I do not think that the teachers need to be carrying guns weather they are concealed or not. A teacher could kill people just as easily as the people that you see on the news. There is also the chance that a student could find and take the gun and kill someone too.
This week North Korea has threatened to launch a preemptive nuclear strike on the US. They have also said that they wanted to end the armistice between them and South Korea. This was all a result of UN sanctions and US training drills in South Korea. The UN sanctions had said that they wanted North Korea to stop their nuclear arms program. The US drills in South Korea are annual and are used to train some of the South Korean military for possible scenarios of conflict with North Korea. video link: Korea threat
I do not think North Korea will carry out with the nuclear strike they are saying they will launch. They have made many threats like this before. They also have a large military and air force but they are both poorly trained and not well maintained.
This week there were large budget cuts implemented. They cut down government spending by $85 million in the next year and $1.2 trillion in the next ten. The cuts are going to affect many government run facilities, and some workers will have to be furloughed. As a result there will be consequences such as longer lines at airports. Here is a video link abc news.
The sequester was supposed to hurry the congress into negotiating a budget deal but that has obviously failed. I think that the congress men should really try harder at reaching a compromise. They need to not be so stubborn for the good of the country. If they could just get out of the grid lock then they should be able to help themselves and the country.