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As I Was Saying | Operation Vaccination

By Scotlyn McConnell

In my government class, we were given an assignment to come up with a bill to propose. My group decided to make a bill entitled the Mandatory Child Vaccination Act. This bill would make it so that all children in America must be given their immunizations. We decided to make the fake bill because of the consistent rise of parents who are choosing not to give their kids vaccinations.

Not vaccinating kids is problematic for a couple of different reasons. The biggest is that the child could get sick with a variety of different diseases. Not only that, but that child is now in constant contact with other children who, even though they’ve gotten their shots, can contract that disease. Therefore, parents who don’t vaccinate are endangering their child and everyone they come in contact with.

The biggest defense for people not vaccinating is that it will cause autism. This was sparked in 1998 when Andrew Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist, published a paper in which he stated the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine might cause autism. This paper was written with lots of pseudo and fringe science and didn’t consist of a lot of hard facts. The paper has been disproven by many scientists and doctors, and countless books have been written about the falsehood. Recently, the writer himself even admitted that the paper wasn’t accurate.

In reality, the only real harm to come from vaccines is the possibility of an allergic reaction which could cause asphyxia. The statistical likelihood of this happening is one in a million, but it’s still possible. However this can also happen if you take an Advil or Zyrtec without knowing you’re allergic. Regardless, anxious parents are still scared of the vaccines.

Another reason some parents choose not to vaccinate is because they believe that natural remedies can do the same thing vaccines can. While this is true, natural substitutes are difficult to find and do correctly, and the effects won’t last as long as a vaccine. Natural remedies are a short term way to treat something, but when you’re vaccinated, a small dose of the disease is released into the body. The body then works to create a defense to the disease so that if ever exposed to the full force of it, the body can have a better chance of fighting it.

I understand why parents would choose to not vaccinate: it’s scary to allow someone to put a potentially fatal disease into your child. It’s also scary to have the possibility of your child contracting another illness because of the vaccine. However, most parents who don’t vaccinate tend to read all of the fringe science and then decide to not vaccinate. Before choosing to not vaccinate and put your child and everyone else in danger, read actual studies of vaccines, do real research. Entire books have been dedicated to the study of these, and they’re much more reliable than a blog post about the link between vaccines and autism.

As I was Saying | America’s Killer Clown Epidemic

By Scotlyn McConnell

In recent weeks, there has been a startling amount of creepy clowns popping up around the country. It started in Northand South Carolina and has since spread across the country and even over to the United Kingdom. The clowns are often seen in dark costumes and pointed makeup that creates a sinister look. In clown culture, you are taught not to use points in your makeup because it’s seen as threatening.

The first report of these clowns was made by a little boy who saw a few of them standing in the woods trying to lure him in with money. Since then, they have been seen lurking by houses and apartment buildings, following people when they’re walking or driving and running around with knives. In fact, a man in Texas recently released security footage of a clown trying to break into his house with a butcher knife. The video is about two minutes long and shows the clown trying to open three different doors and a window before he walks around the side yard and disappears.

At the beginning of all of this, people thought it was a publicity stunt done by the people making the new It movie. However, when asked about it, the producers wrote an official letter stating they had nothing to do with it. Another idea people have about why it could be happening is that all of the clowns are part of a cult that worships serial killer John Wayne Gacy Jr., who in his spare time served as a clown for neighbors’ parties and charity events and was known as the Killer Clown after sexually assaulting and murdering at least 33 teenage boys between 1972 and 1978. (Gacy was executed by lethal injection in 1994).

Because of these clowns, states are tightening their reigns on laws that prohibit wearing a mask in public. Target department stores have even stopped selling clown costumes. These people, whoever they may be and whatever reason they’re doing this, frankly need to calm down. They have unleashed a fear on the country, and with Halloween quickly approaching it might get even worse.

It’s rumored that on October 30, they’re going to have a “purge night.” A Facebook group called Clown Hunters made a post advising everyone — and their pets — to stay inside and lock all the doors and windows on All Hallows Eve. Police stations around the country have started issuing warnings as well, which puts a realistic touch behind what could be classified as a hoax to spark hysteria.

No matter what the case may be surrounding these clowns, I hope all of you stay safe. Take all advised precautions and don’t take any risks. If by chance you see one of these clowns, call the police and leave the area. Don’t be a hero.

As I was Saying | What’s the big Kneel?

By Scotlyn McConnell

This preseason, Colin Kaepernick who quarterbacks for the San Francisco 49ers, decided to kneel during the national anthem. While Kaepernick’s original reason for taking a knee was that he was not going to show support for a country that treats the black community so poorly, the movement has spread.

All around the country, professional, college and high school athletes have started to kneel or sit during the “Star Spangled Banner.” These actions of peaceful protest have put the country into a fit. Left and right, there are different opinions; everyone has something to say. Including me.

I believe that instead of condemning him, we should be commending him.

Kaepernick, and the other athletes, are standing up (or sitting down) for what they believe in. People are saying that he should be arrested for this, for disrespecting his country. However, our country gives him the right to do this. Freedom of speech and the right to peaceful protest protect these people. You can’t have these things and just decide to get rid of them when someone does something you don’t like.

Others say that he signed up for this job and he knew what he knew what he would have to do, but nowhere in a football contract does it say “must take part in national anthem.” Just because he is being paid millions of dollars doesn’t mean that he’s given up his rights. Colin Kaepernick is still a person.

In Kaepernick’s contract it does say that you need to represent the team well. I think he’s doing this. By standing up for his beliefs in a peaceful way on a platform that millions and millions of people will see, he shows us that we can stand up, too. He’s teaching kids that you don’t need to be violent to get your point across.

I don’t think it matters whether or not you agree with what he’s doing. He’s still allowed to do it. In the end, he’s just a person, an American with rights. No amount of money or fame is going to change that. He and others are getting punished or threatened and you might think that’s proper action, but I don’t think so.

I think that all of the people who are doing this are brave for standing up to our country and it’s injustices. America gives them the right to stand up against America, and I think that’s beautiful.