United States Military Recruitment

The U.S Army just announced that it's lifting its ban on cutters, mentally ill, and drug abusers to meet recruitment goals. Because of low recruitment numbers this year, the Army decided to lift this ban, despite conerns from many industry experts. "The new rules green-light recruits who have bipolar disorder, depression and issues with cutting – a process in which a person takes a knife or razor to his or her own skin – along with those who bite, hit or bruise themselves intentionally." In my opinion, this could pose a huge threat to our national security.

Corrupt Michigan Legislature

Yesterday, The Detroit News posted an article stating Michigan has recently been rated dead last in terms of government ethics and transparency. The report goes on to say that of the 13 grading categories, Michigan was given an F in 10 of them.

The "Boyfriend Loophole"

I recently signed a petition to stop the Boyfriend Loophole, which prevents men or women who have been accused of domestic violence to not be able to purchase a gun. I think that this is an interesting topic to bring up because gun laws are such a heavy topic in America today. In a article I read, it goes on to list a bunch of other statistics that are very surprising. It says that if a boyfriend or girlfriend is accused of domestic violence and has access to a gun, the probability of homocide increases by 500%.

Gun Violence and Mental Illness

I recently read an interesting article about the immediate association mental illness has with gun violence and mass shooting. As a big advocate for diminishing the stigma against mental illnesses in our society, I agree with the author that we, as a society, need to start "untangling gun violence from mental illness". One of the statistics in this article is that only 4% of gun violence is a result of mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Concealed-Carry Gun Debate

The debate over the right to bear arms seems to be growing again at an expedited rate throughout the Michigan Legislature.

Three bills were introduced last week that would close a loophole in state law that prohibited people from carrying concealed weapons into gun-free zones like schools and bars, but allows them to carry their weapons openly in those areas.

Youth gun violence in...

Youth gun violence in Jackson, Michigan. There is currently an epidemic in Jackson, Michigan, as young men are dying at a rapid pace due to gun violence. 6 young men, all but one between the ages of 18-34, have died recently due to gun violence. Just recently, Malik Rodriguez, 24, was found shot in an apartment building, and neighbors, fearing for their safety, wouldn't even open their doors.

Pilot Program in Washtenaw: Road-Side Drug tests

It was just announced that starting November 8th, 5 counties will participate in a program that allows police officers to test drivers for drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. One of those 5 counties is Washtenaw County, which Ann Arbor is located in. On one side of the argument, this could be a great thing for driver safety. People under the influence of drugs are often impaired while driving and, thus far, there has been no way to prove someone is on drugs on the spot. The program uses a mouth swab that detects if someone has drugs in their system in 5 minutes.

Assessing Youth Criminal Justice

 After reading up on recent Michigan news, I came across this article about the arrest, case, and dismissal of Elishah Thomas. Thomas, now 20 years old, was charged with a robbery and shooting of Dwight Dukes when he was 17 years old.

United States Military Recruitment

The U.S Army just announced that it's lifting its ban on cutters, mentally ill, and drug abusers to meet recruitment goals. Because of low recruitment numbers this year, the Army decided to lift this ban, despite conerns from many industry experts. "The new rules green-light recruits who have bipolar disorder, depression and issues with cutting – a process in which a person takes a knife or razor to his or her own skin – along with those who bite, hit or bruise themselves intentionally." In my opinion, this could pose a huge threat to our national security.

Corrupt Michigan Legislature

Yesterday, The Detroit News posted an article stating Michigan has recently been rated dead last in terms of government ethics and transparency. The report goes on to say that of the 13 grading categories, Michigan was given an F in 10 of them.

The "Boyfriend Loophole"

I recently signed a petition to stop the Boyfriend Loophole, which prevents men or women who have been accused of domestic violence to not be able to purchase a gun. I think that this is an interesting topic to bring up because gun laws are such a heavy topic in America today. In a article I read, it goes on to list a bunch of other statistics that are very surprising. It says that if a boyfriend or girlfriend is accused of domestic violence and has access to a gun, the probability of homocide increases by 500%.

Gun Violence and Mental Illness

I recently read an interesting article about the immediate association mental illness has with gun violence and mass shooting. As a big advocate for diminishing the stigma against mental illnesses in our society, I agree with the author that we, as a society, need to start "untangling gun violence from mental illness". One of the statistics in this article is that only 4% of gun violence is a result of mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Concealed-Carry Gun Debate

The debate over the right to bear arms seems to be growing again at an expedited rate throughout the Michigan Legislature.

Three bills were introduced last week that would close a loophole in state law that prohibited people from carrying concealed weapons into gun-free zones like schools and bars, but allows them to carry their weapons openly in those areas.

Youth gun violence in...

Youth gun violence in Jackson, Michigan. There is currently an epidemic in Jackson, Michigan, as young men are dying at a rapid pace due to gun violence. 6 young men, all but one between the ages of 18-34, have died recently due to gun violence. Just recently, Malik Rodriguez, 24, was found shot in an apartment building, and neighbors, fearing for their safety, wouldn't even open their doors.

Pilot Program in Washtenaw: Road-Side Drug tests

It was just announced that starting November 8th, 5 counties will participate in a program that allows police officers to test drivers for drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. One of those 5 counties is Washtenaw County, which Ann Arbor is located in. On one side of the argument, this could be a great thing for driver safety. People under the influence of drugs are often impaired while driving and, thus far, there has been no way to prove someone is on drugs on the spot. The program uses a mouth swab that detects if someone has drugs in their system in 5 minutes.

Assessing Youth Criminal Justice

 After reading up on recent Michigan news, I came across this article about the arrest, case, and dismissal of Elishah Thomas. Thomas, now 20 years old, was charged with a robbery and shooting of Dwight Dukes when he was 17 years old.

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Raise The Age !

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Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

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New and Improved Hotel Security

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Incarceration for Use of Recreational Marijuana

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Problems and solutions for the criminal justice system

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