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The Shots Heard ‘Round the Nation

By NEHA BHARDWAJ Staff Writer After the recent string of mass shootings in the United States, the issue of gun safety has been brought to the forefront of the political arena. However, although this topic is only just being reinvigorated, the truth is that gun violence has been an institutionalized problem at the core of this...

Students participate in “die in” in solidarity with national protests
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Students participate in “die in” in solidarity with national protests

By ANIKET MEHROTRA Staff Writer Over thirty students participated in a student led “die-in” in support of national walkouts held on Friday, April 20th to protest gun violence after the February Parkland shooting which left 17 students dead. Friday also commemorated the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine Massacre where 12 students and one teacher were...

At least 500 students walk out in student-led protest
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At least 500 students walk out in student-led protest

By ANIKET MEHROTRA Staff Writer At least 500 students walked out of their first-period classes on Wednesday morning in protest of the lack of governmental gun reform in midst of the mass shooting at Marjory Steven Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last month. Students walked out 10 minutes before office hours began, congregating outside...

March For Your Life
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March For Your Life

By KRISHAN PATEL Copy Editor Get up now and march for your life, For there’s more funeral invitations to send. There is no end in sight to the strife, The next shooting’s always round the bend. It’s caused American families to be wrecked. Congress refuses to pass a solution. Most want universal background checks, But...

Junior State of America hosts gun control debate
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Junior State of America hosts gun control debate

By EMMA SWAIM Staff Writer The Junior State of America club organized and moderated a school-wide debate based on a controversial issue regarding whether or not federal restrictions of access to firearms would reduce the number of mass homicides per year. The debate included two predetermined main pro and main con speakers as well as...

Gun Control Laws: Restricting Liberty or Ensuring Safety?
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Gun Control Laws: Restricting Liberty or Ensuring Safety?

BY DILRUBA ASICI Staff Writer Gun control has been an issue in the United States since the establishment of the Second Amendment, which protects citizens’ right to bear arms. With balanced gun control laws, shooting sprees would likely decrease in numbers due to the lack of weapons in the wrong hands. Recently, California Governor Jerry...

Executive action aims to further gun control
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Executive action aims to further gun control

By ARIANA APOSTOL Staff Writer The topic of gun control has recently reached an important turning point as President Obama announced plans to use executive action to increase background checks before prospective gun owners can purchase these deadly weapons. Unsurprisingly, however, pushback from pro-gun Republicans in Congress may impede any actions taken to increase the...

In the right hands, gun control and the second amendment can co-exist
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In the right hands, gun control and the second amendment can co-exist

By AKANKSHA SAH Opinion Editor Vester Lee Flanagan II, a former employee of the television news network WDBJ, was angry. Dismissed from his job and under the impression that he had been discriminated against for his African-American heritage, he wanted revenge. On the morning of August 26, he waited until cameras were rolling before he...

We have a gun problem: why we need moderation
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We have a gun problem: why we need moderation

By MEHAR NANGIA Staff Writer On October 24, a 15-year-old high school student shot five students in his school cafeteria. Sadly, it seems like, with a few changes here and there, we see this same headline every week. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 14,827 murders occurred in the United States in 2012, but...