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.