Sunday, September 11, 2011

Political Issues

As teenagers, we tend to shape our own opinions around things we hear from friends and family, whether that applies to how we dress, what music we should like, or what shows we should watch. Our views on political issues are, for the most part, formed in a very similar fashion; sometimes we believe things simply because our parents believe them, and if our parents believe something, then it must be true... right?

Well, sometimes the things the adults in my life say go right over my head purely because they do not really seem to directly affect me in any way, which makes it difficult to wrap my mind around the idea. The issues that do have connections to my life in one way or another are the ones that I have been able to form my own opinions on, separate from my parents and friends. 

As a student who needs to begin deciding what I want to do with my life after high school and                               college, the issue of unemployment is of much interest. It is worrisome to hear about all of the people who are out of work. When it comes time to make plans for after high school, it is unfortunate that many young people will be forced to choose between what they actually want to do and what is considered to be a "safe job" simply because they fear they will never find work. 

Another issue that I am interested in is the topic of guns. It seems as if every time I watch the news, there is a new story about a teenager who has been killed or injured in a shooting, and I always think about how these young people were able to acquire weapons. I know that it is the American right to bear arms, but I do think we should make it harder for people to buy guns in order to prevent any possible loopholes. 

I hope to learn more about these issues and to listen to other people's perspectives in order to expand my own opinions. 


  1. I agree with you on how the majority of teenagers shape their opinions and political views. I also agree with your topic of guns, and how you think it should be harder for people to buy them. Do you think guns should be prohibited all-together? If so, do you think there should be some sort of check by police, or the government, to make sure people do not own guns?

  2. I like what you wrote about unemployment. After high school/college those people who are unemployed could be us! We don't know that our degree will allow us to bring a paycheck home to our family every week or keep food on the table. Today, it doesn't matter how good you are at your job. The people in charge only care about how they can fix their budget and save the most amount of money. It needs to change!
    I also agree with you on what you said about how we shape our opinions of things we hear from friends and family. We're all followers I guess!

  3. I completely agree with your statements about unemployment and limited jobs for teenagers. What do you think politicians or the government could do to help create more jobs for teens who are searching for a job? Also about the topic of guns, what do you think people can do to enforce laws/certain rules making it more difficult to acquire a gun, since people could always get it in the black market or find a loophole?

  4. I agree with you that it's the American right to bear arms, and I also agree with the fact that it should be harder for people to buy guns because it seems like they're too accessible. What do you think the government should do to prevent loopholes? Should only certain people have the right to bear arms, like hunters or the law enforcement?

  5. I completely agree that we base our opinions off family and friends. I also agree that we need to base our post high school and career choices off the economy and job opportunities. Is this fair? And what can we do to prevent this? Also, with bearing arms, people will still find a way to bear arms even if it is prohibited. What can we do to prevent that also? How do we make a law against arms and hunters?

  6. Did you get a chance to comment on two of your classmates' blog? I've marked you for one.