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The Blue & Gray Press | September 25, 2018

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Activists gather at Multicultural Fair, spread messages

April 19, 2018 |


Staff Writer

For 28 years, the Multicultural Fair has been a vivacious place for the Fredericksburg community and beyond to celebrate cultures from near and far.Read More

Spirit Rock sparks controversy

February 22, 2018 |


Senior Writer

On Thursday morning of last week, students awoke to a new message on the Spirit Rock: in black, seemingly hastingly scrawled writing, “18 school shootings in 2018.”Read More

It could happen to anyone: A personal perspective on the school shooting epidemic

February 22, 2018 |


Viewpoints Editor

It was the morning of June 18th, 2004. It was my little brother’s birthday, and my mom was about to drive me to my last day of kindergarten. I remember eating breakfast when the phone rang and my mom picked up. It was my dad calling from Bull Run Middle School in Gainesville, VA, where he was the principal, to tell my mom the horrific news- a student had brought a gun to school.Read More

Staff Ed: The staff of the Blue and Gray Press stands with the victims of the Sutherland Springs Shooting

November 9, 2017 |


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.Read More

Gun control: why it is necessary

January 28, 2016 |


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.Read More

Gun control: time to accept America’s violent ways

January 26, 2016 |


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.Read More

Increase in gun violence poses question of firearm safety courses

October 21, 2015 |


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.Read More

Gun violence demands action

April 25, 2013 |

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.Read More

Rather than try to control, ‘Teach, Train, Protect’

April 18, 2013 |

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.Read More

Politics that make the newspaper headlines

April 10, 2013 |

Gun control bill takes center stage on hill
Congress came to a bipartisan deal on gun control on April 10. The deal is set to expand background checks for those who wish to buy guns.Read More

Letter to the editor: Baseless second amendment argument backfires

January 30, 2013 |

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.Read More

Obama's gun plan infringes on rights

January 23, 2013 |

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.Read More

Stricter gun control laws ensure greater safety for all in the nation

January 23, 2013 |

Matthew McQuinn decided to go to the movies with his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, while her big brother, Nick Yowler, tagged along.Read More

Gun Control Restricts Constitutional Rights

December 6, 2012 |

In my mind, nothing says America quite like “guns.” In recent news, there has been a lot of talk about gun control.Read More