Staff Ed: The staff of the Blue and Gray Press stands with the victims of the Sutherland Springs ShootingNovember 9, 2017 | Blue and Gray Press Viewpoints
By THE BLUE & GRAY PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD
This past Sunday, Nov. 5, marked the deadliest mass shooting by an individual in Texas history, as well as the deadliest shooting in an American place of worship. When a gunman opened fire on the congregation of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, he killed 26 people and injured at least 20 more, including children, according to the New York Times.
By NOELLE PAOLICELLI
Gun control is an effort aimed to halt the rise in violent crime by strengthening laws on the ownership of firearms. Last year, handguns alone killed 10,728 people in the United States of America, according to PolitiFact.
By VICTOR SAVAGE
Those with little knowledge on American politics can identify a pattern in this country that happens any time there is a massively publicized shooting. First comes the rampant speculation, followed by scrounging for motives and backstory for the killers, a call for a “national conversation” on gun violence, a general pushback by the National Rifle Association, conservative politicians, and then a reburial of the issue until the next scheduled tragedy.
By ALEX SPENCE
We infamously remember on April 20, 1999 when the small town of Littleton, Colorado saw two high school seniors stroll the halls of Columbine High School killing 12 students and one teacher. We remember the morning of Dec. 14, 2012 when Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 first graders and six adults inside the cold walls of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Americans are unfortunately all too familiar with outlandish gun violence inflicted by their own people. From the homicide shooting at the movie theater in the Aurora, Col., to the shooting on July 20 to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. Barack Obama has little to no choice but to make efforts to get these advanced “weapons of war” off the streets and to take gun control laws head on.
Through all forms of media, the American people are being assaulted by an excessive flow of stories discussing gun control. In regards to this idea of “gun control,” and the arguments supporting it, I have a few major disagreements and a few suggestions.
In your most recent issue of the Bullet, Luke Mendelsohn wrote that President Barack Obama’s gun control proposal infringes on the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. He claimed that it is a right to own what even he termed “assault weapons,” and that citizens must be able to defend themselves against a tyrannical government.
By LUKE MENDELSOHN
President Barack Obama recently released his plan for gun control in response to numerous mass shootings in the recent years, culminating in the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Obama’s extensive plan entails four key points that outline the gun control legislation he hopes congress will pass. The main points in his plan outline steps to curb gun violence, but where Obama goes too far is in asking Americans to surrender the right to own assault weapons and magazines that have the capacity to hold more than ten rounds.
By KATIE REDMILES
Matthew McQuinn decided to go to the movies with his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, while her big brother, Nick Yowler, tagged along.