This will be the first election I am eligible to vote in and this is the first time I have sat down to think about the issues I have with the direction of the government and other associated items. While there are plenty of different issues, here are the ones that stuck out to me as a millennial voter. But now as a concerned American, is the government paying attention to my issues? To my vote?
Governmental Bodies could Be Doing More Harm than Good
So, if the courts are keen on the constitutionality of issues and the interpretation of the document, why haven't we just decided to regulate it?
Situations from San Bernadino, college campus shootings, Planned Parenthood attacks, high school campus shootings and other tragic events have taken place because of the lack of agreement on the way to handle gun control. Texas now allows open-carry, after passing legislation which went into affect January 1, 2016. College students are able to carry out in the open, Texans can walk into businesses with a gun, and with those possibilities, there is anything that can happen. Millennials are not asking you to "take our guns away", we are asking for safety. We are asking to see politicians understand, that yes a gun can save your life, but it can also hurt you, too.
There are dissenting opinions in the millennial group:
For gun reform, but why not ask the soon-to-be president-elect to ban guns in this country?
Well, banning guns is a little extreme, since we have already been given the right to 'bare arms' in the Second Amendment: I don't see the government repealing part of the Bill of Rights. Although interpretation of the documents are debated, whether to be strictly taken or to be taken as it pertains to the current day: one thing is for sure, Americans are allowed to carry guns. It comes down to finding the right candidate who understands the importance of gun safety and gun education. As for the incidents which happen relating to guns put in the wrong hands, those situations, at times, cannot be stopped. It is about educating those with guns and even those without them, to understand the importance of safety, no matter your role with the gun in question.
Going back to real estate mogul, Donald Trump's tweet after the Paris Terror Attacks, he questions how the country with the strictest gun laws can have such a tragedy. Well, strip Americans of their guns and it is possible a future president-elect can leave people defenseless. It is about finding the balanced middle, between gun activists and those supporting gun bans.
So did you know a felon can go to the gun range, even if he/she cannot own a gun?
Although felonies are on a case-by-case basis. There are different types of crimes and even wrongfully-accused felons, or even felons who are not "bad people". Reform is the best way to solve these problems. Guns in the hands of the wrong people is hard enough to control, let alone those with a record, especially those with a record related to gun violence.
I do not know of a single college student who is not interested in Vermont Senator Bernie Saunder's pitch for 'free college'. The word 'free' is attractive to everyone. The words 'free college' are attractive to millions of Americans in student loan debt, students looking to go to college but unsure how to pay or for those who never dreamed college was an option. It is a way to make education universal (or at least that's the idea). While there are Republican presidential hopefuls who would like to cut the Department of Education, college tuition and education is important to the incoming voting generations. Cutting the Department of Education would mean an increase in the prices of university's and it is already a steep price tag for public institutions across the country. While cutting it seems outlandish, it has been a topic of discussion since President Ronal Reagan took office in the 1980s and has been a topic that has been voiced from President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, but no one seems to be able to pull the trigger. If a Republican takes office, it could be on his/her docket to eliminate, but if a Democrat takes office, it can be safe to say, possibility without concrete certainty, that the Department of Education would stick around. If a socialist approach to college funding is impossible, or hard to implement, it can be a goal of the next president-elect to find a way to make tuition more affordable.
The major downside to accumulating student loans during college and attempting to pay them afterward, there will be a sizable amount of addition interest added when students are prepared to start paying it off. For students who are not able to pay back student loans, the bad news is that students loans never dissipate, even in bankruptcy. If an individual declares bankruptcy but has student loans, the loans will always be waiting to be paid for. The less debt, the better. Now it is about showing presidential candidates, who are, on average, about 55 years of age. That's 33 years after the average college graduation age of 22. So in those 33 years, a lot can change. The cost of college tuition can be raised every single year, and now it is upon our generation to bring this issue to the forefront. By the time we are 55, it can be assumed college will be less and less accessible.
While these are not all the issues, or even near the issues millennials are talking about, these are some of the ones which are discussed the most. These were chosen on my own, and the opinions are my own. What issues are you looking for answers from a presidential candidate?