Daily 49er

Gun Control: Gun control protects citizens’ rights to life

Edith Kahrs

April 23, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

The perception of gun control is distorted to the point that many people are unaware of what it actually entails. How many people are going to purchase an AK-47 with armor-piercing bullets for a legitimate purpose, such as home protection or personal protection? Other guns that are being targeted are similar in nature. While the idea of gun control is intended to protect individuals' lives and property, it does not protect...

Gun Control: A good guy with a gun is the answer to gun violence

Brennen Polenske

April 23, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

Gun control, in my opinion, should be a non-issue. This is simply feel-good legislation being pushed through Congress that will do nothing to solve any of the problems posed by mass shooters. Guns are not the problem - people are. A mentally deranged person who is set on killing people will do so, despite what the law says. Gun-free zones are also specifically targeted by mass shooters because of the lack of opposition th...

Hiding true feelings from acquaintances lets people retain control

Paige Pelonis and Paige Pelonis

April 22, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

When others know exactly how you feel, they have the control. This is true for children, and this is true for adults. Your third grade crush had no power until he saw you doodling your names together inside a heart on the side of your homework. Once that happens, it's all over. The bullies who chased you down the hallway, calling you names in middle school, had no real sense of dominance until they saw you cry. Once you ...

More students living close to campus should ride bicycles

Nicolette Norris

April 21, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

There are two things every Cal State Long Beach student knows about the school: it has terrible parking, and it's a commuter campus. That being said, why not commute the right way and avoid parking issues? Far too many students living less than five miles from campus continue to drive to school. This option not only wastes money in gas and parking permits but also harms our environment. I am sure you have heard that our ...

Rush’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction is well past due

Shane Newell

April 21, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

It's about time, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After being eligible for induction since 1998, Canadian rock band Rush joined Randy Newman, Quincy Jones, Heart and others as the 2013 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though their influence on rock music may not be as evident as bands like The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, Rush may very well be the most important of the Hall of Fame's 279 members. Despite impressive record sales...

Smokers should make the transition to healthier e-cigarettes

Danielle Carson

April 15, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

"Dude. It's just vapor," my friend said to our resident assistant after letting out a cloud of fruity-smelling smoke in the common room. My friend, a regular smoker, is now obsessed with his e-cigarette, an electronic apparatus that uses batteries to heat an aqueous nicotine solution. E-cigarettes were introduced to the U.S. market in 2007, and they're marketed as an aid to quit smoking. Today, while sometimes the cigarettes ...

A new form of McCarthyism lives on today as the opposition

Nick Chavez

April 14, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

  McCarthyism and the Red Scare are quite possibly the most depressing and disappointing times in terms of our political history. In a time fueled by fear of the threat of communism, Republican politicians used this fear to target the Democratic Party by accusing them of being Communist sympathizers and any and all liberal propositions for labor rights or social welfare programs as being Communist and anti-American.  Th...

North Korea is not as big of a threat as the media makes it to be

Shane Newell and Shane Newell

April 14, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinions

Media is, without a shadow of a doubt, the strongest weapon in modern warfare. More powerful than guns, tanks or bombs, media - or propaganda - controls what most people see, talk about and hear. In order to finance a war, you must sell it to your citizens first. In the past few weeks, networks like CNN have blatantly been beating the drums of war, demonizing North Korea continuously and urging Americans to take seriously the ...