As a social worker student at the University of North Texas, I was taken aback by the statistics of child hunger in the United States. I believe that with so much coverage shining on Third World countries, we may be forgetting what's going on in our own backyard.
An estimated 13 million children in the United States live in food-insecure households. Lack of nutrition can affect their development tremendously. It starts in the mother's womb. A mother who is not eating correctly can cause a child to be underweight and more vulnerable to health issues such as asthma or anemia.
In addition to this, behavioral challenges such as disruptions in class, tardiness and truancy can arise.
Children are our future and their development is crucial to how successful they can be. I believe the solution to this problem is to bring more awareness to the resources that are readily available to people in need.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) being a popular relief effort for hunger, is a program that provides funds to families in need to purchase an adequate amount of food. Also, SNAP partners with FNS (Food and Nutrition Services) to help families make informed decisions about the food they purchase and the benefits they should apply for.
NSLP (National School Lunch Program) is also a program that helps fight child hunger. These are just a few of the resources available to help families and children in need.
New gun laws needed
Donald Trump's unabashedly false declaration said, "The Texas shooting is a result of a mental health problem; not United States gun laws."
This proves his political relationship with the National Rifle Association and its ever-present mantra, "Guns don't kill people; people kill people."
Did Devin Patrick Kelly murder 26 people with a slingshot? Did Stephen Paddock kill 58 people and wound 546 others in Las Vegas with a cap pistol?
It's time to label NRA propaganda as what it is: Big bucks in the pockets of the gun industry. For over 50 years, the NRA has preached that the government wants to take away your guns. Not once has a government official knocked on my door and with outstretched hand declared, "Gimme."
How about you?
New laws should outlaw assault rifles like those that mowed down unsuspecting citizens in Sutherland Springs and Las Vegas. A new law should do away with clips holding 30 or more rounds of ammunition.
It would prohibit clips of more than 10 rounds for home defense. If you can't take down a home intruder with 10 shots, best you throw the gun at him and try to bite him to death.
Limited gun laws will not prevent deranged individuals from committing senseless killings; that is demonstrated by the death of eight people in New York City last week. But it will stop more Sutherland Springs and Las Vegas carnage. You can make it happen.