Both statements are 100% correct. I'm not looking to explain the climate crisis, however.

Yes, American youth do experience that anxiety, and some Central and Latin American peoples experience something similar, which is what brings them to our borders by the hundreds of thousands. And for both it is immediate and unpredicatable, always heightened by the news of it happening elsewhere to someone else.

But--and I know that "but" is never a good way to lead into things--these are not universal problems, and as bad as they are, believe it or not, they are relatively easy to solve, at least the American ones are.

The nightmares they cause won't go away too easily, but a few pieces of legislation will undo the actual cause of the problem.

Unfortunately at the moment, the exact opposite is happening. Where I live, they've just made it possible for anyone to own a handgun without a license or permit or any type of training and to carry it concealed. Thanks to the NRA and a bunch of Republicans who also just made The Bible THE OFFICIAL STATE BOOK and made trans students ineligible to play sports. All in one week. A trifecta, I believe they called it.

Why? Because the so-called "liberals" in the state couldn't find enough "involved" people to back them up so they caved.

Very soon gun legislation is going through the US Congress. Will the liberals cave (again)? Will people get together to back them up (as they have not in the past)? Will it be an issue that brings forces together in such a way that gives them a sense of victory and power and impetus that springs them forward to tackle other matters like the climate crisis? I don't know. Sillier things have happened in the past.

Sounds like politics to me. Fills me with anxiety.

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