The End is Near for Game of Thrones

The End is Near for Game of Thrones

Wow! What an episode Game of Thrones aired this evening. If you haven’t watched it, beware of the spoilers in this post. Also, if you haven’t watched it, go watch it right now!

Let’s start off with that epic beginning. Cersei showed her true ruthlessness by not only killing the High Sparrow and all his followers, but also everyone that came to that trial. Including, the beloved Margarey and Loras Tyrell. I must say I held more of a sadness with the loss of Loras over Margarey. Loras went from suffering, to being forced to confess, to being killed. Just a really bitter situation for him.  Margarey at least was able to live in somewhat luxury before dying.  Either way, their deaths made me dislike Cersei even more. However, Cersei got her punishment when her last child, Tommen, killed himself. But wait did she get her punishment? It seems that Cersei has fully given into her dark side as she took her place on the Iron Throne. Leaving no real impression that she is broken by the death of her last child, which brings up the question on what we can now expect from the current Queen.

Let’s just hope Dany gets to Westeros before any real damage is done. Unlikely, because well this is Game of Thrones. This leads me next to Danenerys and Tyrion. Anyone else get the impression that Tyrion might have developed feelings for Dany? Maybe I read too much into that scene between them. However, I do believe Dany’s segment was foreshadowing to an event happening towards the end. Her getting married. My hopeful theory is that she will marry Jon Snow. Especially, now that it has been officially confirmed that Snow is the offspring of Lyanna Stark and (probably) Rhaegar Targaryen. If you remember, the Targaryens only married each other. So Jon and Dany have an even more reason to marry now. One can hope!

Jon might actually find himself on the throne by the end of this, if he can survive Little Finger. Jon being hailed the king of the north, which put an even bigger target on his back. A target placed by Little Finger himself. Let’s hope Little Finger isn’t able to murder the king this time around. My hopeful prediction: Sansa will kill Little Finger before he is able to kill Jon Snow ( I keep saying hopeful, because with Game of Thrones you really can never predict anything good).

It has become obvious to me that the ending of the series is insight. It is no surprise that the producers have come out and said that the last two seasons will be shorter. My theory: Next season will be Dany conquering the Iron Throne. The final season: The battle between the humans and the White Walkers. In the end I hope Jon and Dany sit together as a married couple, ruling the Iron Throne.

 

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Gun Laws – How Many More Deaths Until We Get It?

Gun Laws – How Many More Deaths Until We Get It?

Sadly, America experienced another mass shooting on June 12, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.  49 people were killed and 53 injured. According to massshootingtracker.org, this is the 176th mass shooting in America this year.

Honestly when I read this statistic I thought this can’t be right. So I did further research and it does seem to be accurate. The reason this significantly large number of mass shootings might be surprisingly to most is because most of these shootings haven’t bought in a large number of deaths; like the shooting in Orlando. However, the shootings are still significant to say the least.

Mass shootings have become a serious concern in America today. We are now terrified to go out anymore. Personally, I feel a sense of fear in a movie theater. I’m constantly keeping attention to who is around me, and what is happening. Environments with large crowds are frightening; especially, when that environment does not have good security. Americans have become afraid, and that is unacceptable. So how can we improve things from here? How can we minimize the amount of shootings happening every year? How can we make Americans feel somewhat safe again?

This brings me to my main point: How is that someone can still buy automatic guns?

I have heard the opposing view points and I’ll be real with you, most are flawed.

First, the second amendment gives me the right to have a gun. Okay please stop using the 2nd amendment as a valid reason. The second amendment was created for the sole purpose of having a Militia. When this amendment was made there was no standing army; unlike the one we have today. During the time the second amendment was created, Farmer Joe would need to pull out his gun to go help fight in the war. Now we have professional soldiers. Civilians do not need to use their guns to fight the nation’s wars. Therefore, there is no need for the second amendment anymore.

Second, hunting is too important to give up. My boyfriend is from Wisconsin and he has informed that hunting in Wisconsin is like another religion there. There would be days in school taken off just for hunting season. While I disagree with hunting, I can understand the importance of it for others. This being said I do not feel like someone needs anything more than a rifle for hunting. Rifles are much different than an automatic weapon. Rifles are much larger and harder to conceal. They are also harder to shoot a mass amount of people at faster rate than automatic guns. There is no need to have automatic weapons to go hunting.

Third, I need a gun to protect myself. Okay first off there are way more shootings that happen accidentally, because someone needed a gun to “protect” themselves than someone using a gun in self defense.  In my opinion, there is a greater chance of someone being harmed by their own gun (or parent’s gun), than a person carrying a gun breaking into that person’s house. However, if people feel like they really want a small hand held gun to protect themselves than okay (compromise). If this is the case though, than there needs to be way stricter gun laws. A person should have yearly psych evaluations, must be required to go through safety courses, and own a secure lock and case for their gun. A person should not be able to own a gun without fulfilling these requirements, and honestly this isn’t too much to ask.

Lastly, criminals will find a gun anyways. News Flash: Typically mass shootings are not caused by a criminal. We aren’t really looking at criminals here. We are looking at people who appear to be an average person, going in and buying a gun than killing tons of people. They aren’t the local gangster down the street. So in terms of mass shootings, I find this reason to be incompletely invalid.

So this is what I am proposing: Stricter guns laws, and rifles and hand held guns only. I think this is a pretty good compromise that would hopefully help the situation a little bit.

To sum it up, mass shootings need to stop. Too many lives have been taken for us to sit by and do nothing. Even if new gun laws prevented only one mass shooting, wouldn’t it be still worth it? Isn’t one person’s life worth saving? I think so, and I hope people do too.

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