Month: July 2013

The missing Conversation Regarding the Death of Trayvon Martin

by Nathan Shapiro

The national response to the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the reaction to George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict has largely focused on the factor race played in Martin’s death.  The racial component of Martin’s death is a worthwhile discussion and the extent to which race played a role in Martin’s death should continue to be investigated.  Yet, the racial component is not the most critical aspect of this case.  The fact is that Martin was not killed by racism, he was killed by a gun.  No matter how bigoted Zimmerman was, he would not have killed Martin if he had not been carrying a gun.  Zimmerman should not have been carrying a gun.  Public outrage should be centered on the fact that Zimmerman, a civilian was allowed to carry a handgun.

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Save Lives Now: Why the Obama Administration Should Stop Delaying the Implementation of the Law Requiring Rear View Cameras in All Vehicles

by Nathan Shapiro

Each year an average of 17,000 people are injured and 228 people are killed from being run over by backing up vehicles according to the Washington Post.  This number could be dramatically reduced with the installation of rearview cameras vehicles.  This is why the Federal government has planned to require automakers to install rear view cameras on all vehicles.

Unfortunately, the Obama administration is giving into pressure from the automakers and has delayed the implementation of the law until 2015.  The administration is wrong to be giving in to pressure from the automakers.  The government has a responsibility to make sure that vehicles are as safe as possible; this is why there are laws requiring seatbelts and airbags.

What makes this situation all the more important is that that a disproportionate number of the victims are children, often run over by their parents in their driveway.  Whether it is a small child on a tricycle or a child chasing after a ball, rear view cameras de-blind a vast area of a vehicles blind spot.  It is time for the Obama administration to end the delays and start saving lives sooner rather than later.