If he really cared, Donald Trump would address the far more pressing issues America is facing

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“We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border, and we’re going to do it one way or the other,”

Donald Trump wants to build a wall to halt the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs coming into the from the Mexico border. He said "Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border,".

Illegal immigration, but especially drugs with fatal and life-changing effects being brought into the US from Mexico is a serious issue and one that does need to be addressed, I can’t disagree with that. However much I dislike admitting it, Trump does have some good reasons for building a wall. However, whether or not building a wall, like he is proposing would actually help stop this is another issue, and not the aim of my post.

Trump is desperate to build his wall, he has been from the start of his campaign and he has started to get so desperate that he has declared a national emergency for it. What I want to bring up in this post is that the drug and immigration problem from Mexico is indeed an issue but that there are many larger issues that he is nearly ignoring, issues that he could and should be spending more of the government’s resources, money and time on rather than focusing on building his precious wall. In this post I want to share some statistics to show major issues that the US, explain why they are such an issue. I believe America has many more pressing problems things that, in my opinion warrant a national emergency and funding much more, then addressing the US-Mexico border situation. In this post I’m going to give two of many problems the US are facing that I believe need to be addressed and I think should be more of a priority than the wall, as it effects more people and is a larger problem.

Gun violence

‘The CDC’s Wonder database shows that in 2017, 39,773 people in the US lost their lives at the point of a gun’. If you divide 39,773 by 52 (the weeks in a year), when rounded it comes to 765. That’s 765 gun deaths A WEEK in the US. That statistic sounds a lot in itself, but compare US rates of gun deaths to other countries, and you truly start to see how bad it is. ‘When adjusted for age fluctuations, that represents a total of 12 deaths per 100,000 people’, this is compared to ‘0.2 deaths per 100,000 people in Japan, 0.3 in the UK, 0.9 in Germany and 2.1 in Canada’. I’m not saying how Donald Trump should be dealing with this, whether he should be tightening laws or banning them altogether. From these statistics and from events like the Las Vegas shooting in 2017 when a gunman managed to smuggle twenty-three weapons into his hotel room. From there, over a period of 10-15 minutes he shot into the crowd of a nearby music festival. He killed at least 58 and ‘more than 500 people taken to area hospitals’. How is someone even legally allowed to possess twenty three weapons, and be able to kill and harm so many in such a short space of time?

My point is gun violence is a major problem in the US, and something needs to be done about it. Donald Trump should be paying more attention to it than his beloved wall, if he really cares about the people who voted for him, like he claims he does.

Climate change and global warming.

This is an issue that Donald Trump has taken steps against and undo what good has been done, when he drew out of the Paris agreement. The Paris agreement’s main aim, (according to the UNFCCC) is to ‘strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.’, ‘brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects’.

Donald Trump described the Paris Agreement as ‘draconian’ and said it would cause a ‘very diminished quality of life’, and said that ‘I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris’.

He seems to be completely ignoring the pressing matter of climate change, putting his country, and the rest of the world (due to the environmental impact the US has on the environment) at risk, considering ‘The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.’

This means that every country needs to be doing its part in reducing climate change, so that we don’t ruin our planet for our and future generations. Donald Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement shows and intention to not change, when it needs to be doing the opposite. The US, as well as most other countries need to have reducing climate change higher on their checklist. What is the point of stopping people from coming into your country if it could be destroyed by droughts and floods in a worryingly short amount of time if we don’t take action soon?

In conclusion, I believe if Trump really did care for the people who he was president of, the people who elected him and whose interests he should be caring for then he should focus on the really pressing problems America has, rather than delivering a promise that might not even pay off. Im not denying there is a problem with illegal immigration and drug trafficking from Mexico, jus that if he REALY cared he would look at the PROVEN facts and statistics rather than ignoring them and doing what he wants to do regardless.

Sources:

  • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/15/us/politics/national-emergency-trump.html
  • https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-says-wall-will-stop-drugs-facts-differ/4747809.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_office_of_the_President_of_the_United_States
  • https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/what-is-the-paris-agreement
  • https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/31/paris-climate-deal-trump-exit-resistance
  • https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/13/us-gun-deaths-levels-cdc-2017
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/02/us/las-vegas-shooting-what-we-know/index.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report

Comments (8)

  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg altruistic_grasshopper
    Morley Newlands Academy 09 May 2019

    if Trump thinks that mexico are bad because they have guns, then he should know that America have gun licences swell. And someday he might want to take down the wall because he likes Mexico, but that would be wasting the hundreds of billions of dollars that was spent to build the wall. spelling mistakes.

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg introspective_bird
    Morley Newlands Academy 10 May 2019

    Its bad that 300 of are citizens have been killed from drugs

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg fabulous_panda_bear
    Birchwood C of E Primary School 10 May 2019

    Trump's promise to build a wall was made to win votes at an election. In America, the gun lobby pays alot of money to different parts of the government, which means politicians don't like to upset them (In 2017, the NRA spent at least $4.1m on lobbying – more than the $3.1m it spent in all of 2016.) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/17/nra-gun-lobby-gun-control-congress . AS well as this, alot of Americans support the concept of being able to carry guns.

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg prodigious_guineapig
    Morley Newlands Academy 17 May 2019

    Donnald Trump shouldnt build a wall because it will take years and it will be a lot of money

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg busy_song
    Michael Faraday School 17 May 2019

    I believe that if Donald Trump cared, he would address the far more pressing issues America is facing (as you have mentioned in various areas).

    In terms of illegal drugs, I believe that Donald Trump is paying no attention to the serious matter because he believes that his “big, beautiful wall” will solve this conundrum. Not only are drugs trafficked near the border however, they are also trafficked in importing custom goods areas. Maybe, he could also tighten the security in custom goods areas meaning that it would be about impossible to get harmful, lethal drugs transported to America. Drugs are also shown to have come in American pharmacies and they can be sold on the internet. There is one conclusion on drug trafficking: you cannot stop drugs itself unless you stop people from taking drugs. People can use alternative solutions to get the drugs that they want and transport it to America. Drugs have been contributing to lower life expectancy. If Donald Trump really wants to stop this pandemonium, then he – as well as stopping drug trafficking from Mexico to America or drugs being moved around inside America from one place to another- will have to prevent people from taking drugs and tell the American citizens what to do to quit drugs so they will not want them and they will not have to be trafficked and moved into America. Even the American societies should encourage people who are taking drugs, educate them to stop doing it, and encourage them mentally so they can achieve this. This is another step for Trump to consider and achieve.

    In terms of gun violence, I believe that Donald Trump should also focus on it more than his wall because recently, thousands of pupils and staff have died at schools because of one major threat: gun crime. It is the reason why many funerals were held. The reason why the staff and pupils went to their classes in fear. The reason why people are frustrated and emotional. Gun crime in America is the worst it could possibly be in any developed country. Even on March 12th 2018, when the white house issues a list of ways, which it promised to “secure our schools”, the same amount of deaths happened again. His initial suggestion of having “armed teachers and staff” just makes schools even less safe. I believe that he should look more at what is happening in the country rather than outside the country. He should find a long-term permanent solution for gun crime, in local communities as well as schools, in order to stop innocent young lives from being destroyed.

    In terms of climate change, I believe that Donald Trump should be more aware since it is something that could have a massive impact on us in the future. He thinks that it is a Chinese hoax to stop the USA manufacturing and a foreign concept but as the years are going by, the world is growing hotter burning fossil fuels, greenhouse gases and other toxic pollution contributing to this. He has said that he will pull the US out of the Paris international climate agreement, has taken steps to cut back the US Environmental Protection Agency and is on record saying that global warming is a hoax invented by the Chinese to attack US manufacturing. Trump is not just staying silent about climate change but stopping USA from doing anything about it. His advisors are people who also own a business which produce these toxic gases and in 2009 (when there was president Obama), Trump was working in a business coalition and pressured Obama to act swiftly towards climate change. Trump, in my opinion, should pay more attention to a serious problem, which may lead to catastrophic and irreversible effects to the planet.

    He could definitely take action on more serious issues like these instead of building a wall, which the majority of it is outside the USA. The emergency services could also be used for funding for education and hospitals but most importantly be used for solutions for these much more worrying issues (especially climate change). I strongly believe that ultimately, Donald Trump should be worrying about the issues in the USA itself and dealing with its problems first before he moves to places outside his region (such as the wall between USA and Mexico). The local communities should actually be talking about the worrying issues on the news and with peaceful protests; Trump will know what to prioritise.

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/trump-says-that-his-wall-will-stop-opioids-two-high-profile-legal-cases-suggest-that-hes-wrong
    https://friendsoftheearth.uk/climate-change/what-are-donald-trumps-policies-climate-change-and-other-environmental-issues
    https://qz.com/1550668/what-did-trump-do-to-protect-schools-from-gun-violence-after-parkland/

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC 17 May 2019 in reply to busy_song's comment

    You give some great ideas here, and they all areas that need to be considered by governments. I'm interested in the last line, where you mention peaceful protests. Have there been any examples of these recently to do with local issues in the USA, and has there been any evidence of these effecting change?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg busy_song
    Michael Faraday School 19 May 2019 in reply to Olivia @ the BNC's comment

    There have been examples of peaceful protests in USA such as:
    • 2017 People's Climate March (29th April)
    • 2018 United States gun violence protests (14th March)

    People's Climate March

    The People's Climate March was a march to protest that we should do something about climate change and that we should spread more awareness across the USA. The climate march was to stop burning fossil fuels, greenhouse gases and causing the planet’s temperature to increase. This gave a sign to the president to do something about this potential issue, which faces a threat against the planet itself. Two and a half years later, organisations said that their movement had grown considerably more diverse. They said they were focused on building a political coalition capable of countering Mr. Trump and advancing liberal policies at all levels of government. This shows that a protest can make a big difference to the world and this protest has persuaded organisations to stop creating toxic greenhouse gases, which is making the world hotter and to persuade Donald Trump to be more aware of climate change as well.

    2018 United States gun violence protests

    The 2018 United States gun violence protests was a march to protest about how guns should be banned from the USA schools and there should be higher security in schools in order for the safety of the staff and for the students. This protest also spoke loudly that gun crime should not be acceptable in the USA. This made quite a difference because on Friday after the protest, Trump had signed a spending bill of 1.3 trillion dollars (1.022177 trillion pounds), which included improvements to background checks for gun sales and grants to help schools prevent gun violence. The Justice Department proposed rule changes that would ban “bump stock” devices, which let semi-automatic weapons fire like machine guns. This protest also shows that one little action can make a massive impact on something big. Now, gun violence is not as much as it was before.

    These examples of peaceful protests show that no matter how small the group of people are doing it or how big the group protesting is, all of the protest have persuaded the government to act responsibly to these worrying situations and to make a difference. Protests are also like a form of free speech because it allows you to talk freely about what you think should be done about the country. They are also beneficial since as well as free speech the government will also listen to the suggestion and you can change how the country is ruled itself; if you do not agree with something, you can still make a difference.

    I believe that protests and free speech should be able to be heard out in the public and be considered by all governments because in some countries, if you disagree about something or oppose the government, you can be murdered. In countries like Syria, Saudi Arabia, North Korea and Turkmenistan, they have leaders and all of them give no right of free speech and peaceful protests to the citizens, which is unfair. I think this because the citizens are the people who are living in the country and just because they are not politicians, they can still have say; every perspective is important to make the world a better place of justice and freedom. There (in the world) could be important perspectives we have not listened to, which could improve the world itself so every perspective is equally important meaning that free speech should be in every country.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/29/us/politics/peoples-climate-march-trump.html
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2018/mar/24/march-for-our-lives-protest-gun-violence-washington

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC 20 May 2019 in reply to busy_song's comment

    Brilliantly researched, well done!

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