This month, President Trump declared a national emergency, which will allow him to move forward with building a wall along the southern border. Other recent (and still active) declarations of national emergencies include blocking property of people threatening peace, security or the stability of Yemen, declaration of national emergency by reason of certain terrorist attacks, and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. On this episode, we’ll discuss the precedent setting of this national emergency, in comparison to others declared by presidents over the last couple decades.
According to the website Save the Internet, net neutrality is defined as “the internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. Net Neutrality means an internet that enables and protects free speech”. On December 17th, 2017, the FCC approved an order which dismantles the agency’s 2015 Net Neutrality rules, relinquishing authority over internet service providers and clearing the way for potential blocking and discrimination by the US’s largest phone and cable companies. On today’s episode, we come together to answer the question, what does this all mean, and why is net neutrality so important to free speech in the modern world.
According to PEW, in 1999, gun owners were surveyed and asked why they own guns. About 49% stated hunting as being the reason why they own guns, while about 26% reported for protection. In 2013, when gun owners were asked why they own guns, about 48% said for protection, while 32% stated hunting. On this episode, we discuss the conflicting perceptions towards gun ownership, self-defense, and the overall topic of gun violence in our society.