Gun Control, Really!


Saddened by the news of death of children in the US, there is an instinct in me which can relate the unfortunate event of the west with the old issues in the east. The twitter is trending with Gun Control as a measure to control the misuse of arms by few socio-paths existing in the world. But, is this issue really an obstructive one? And how is it related to the east? Well, several nations need some effective regulations in Gun politics as the measure to eliminate this misuse. There are several mishappenings around the world over these issues and how terrorism is reaping the fruits. Human mind is that complex web that can work the worst things out in the best possible way. Will this destructive human mind ever be cured? I am sure there are issues that are known and by awareness can be cured.

While there are so called entrepreneurs who have businesses in selling and exchanging these weapons to private license holders, there are also numerous ways that these dealings take a different approach. One of that is the dealing of weapons under government scrutinizing body. Why can’t it be possible that these private license holders not just take a permit from the government but also from an investigative body that carries out the due diligence over these licensed permit gun holders and keep a track on them. Moreover, the influx of these weapons should be through a structured approach even if they imported from different countries. There must be certain rules and regulations passed to protect this. Many more parameters can be included in the approach and make it more effective over different Arms Act or policies brooding over it and not preventing it. A good government can always solve this problem of Gun Politics. And this should not do anything with the defense sector of the nation. That is a nation’s right over security and control. But, the small businesses over weapon trading and manufacturing should be solved with tight protection and should have a justifiable reason to carry it.

This is not just a problem of one nation but many. Simple governance methodologies can solve this problem and it won’t give space to one in becoming a weaponizing socio-path and break the law. The law can change it. Strict laws can control the network of terrorism which is a huge act and castigate them. Civilized can be controlled, freaks can be prevented in becoming mass murderers and a man can be saved in becoming someone treacherous over religion.

Check this link out to know more about Gun Control: http://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp

 

Open Journalism.


Isn’t media a device to measure the day-to-day dealings, publishing the news and keeping the common man with the loop of truth and faith? Is it happening by the way it should be? A Big NO. Today’s media houses have become an entertainment portal and is commercialized as a mainstream voice of any country. But in fact they are not the whistle-blowers but the trend-waivers of the modern society. They can just instigate emotions and keep the hidden facts out of the reach. Is this what we call journalism in true sense? There are some basic self-governing guidelines for the same which is mentioned in a book “The elements of Journalism” by Bill Kovach, which are listed below:

  1. Journalism’s first obligation is to tell the truth.
  2. Its first loyalty is to the citizens.
  3. Its essence is discipline of verification.
  4. Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.
  5. It must serve as an independent monitor of power.
  6. It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
  7. It must strive to make the news significant, interesting, and relevant.
  8. It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional.
  9. Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.

Are these being followed today?

If we go back in the brief history of time, from where the idea of spreading information started England, where the invention of movable printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in 1456, led to the wide dissemination of printed books. Read: The project  www.gutenberg.org  is dedicated to this inventor and today provides around 36,000 Ebooks for free. The first periodical Mercurius Gallobelgicus was printed in Latin and was distributed widely all over. And then american journalism rose with  New York Herald and The New york times in the eighteenth century.

Today, the world is digitizing content, making it more open sourced and there is a wave of awareness spreading into different communities as Right to Information Act and people are realizing the power of information. Wikileaks (www.wikileaks.org) as we know has spread the secrets and the loopholes of the governments, nation’s policies, state-run activities, the war logs of Iran and Afghanistan, the conspiracy theories of individuals in organizations, the legislatures, the trade policies between the nations and banks, the purpose behind running a project with exposing the fair value involved. And it collaborated with thousands of people all around in spreading those information, and Julian Assange as we know faced quite a political misfit over rape allegations. I am sure wikileaks is following the above mentioned guidelines. But, it’s again a viewpoint as to information and secrets should be out or not.

This is where the world is heading towards, before the apocalypse, there will be a war against information and before that the idea of Open Journalism will take its course and the true journalist will be much more moral and humane than ever before, if not political. Satellites, servers and super-computers are developing in the rage. The social movement on resource based economy is also on question in defining what true sense of journalism is: http://zeitgeistmovie.com/

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
– Oscar Wilde. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAIEamakLoY

2011, the times and its effect. 
 

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