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Opinion | Electing a Democrat in 2020 is our best hope for curbing gun violence

Opinion | Electing a Democrat in 2020 is our best hope for curbing gun violence

By Julia Kreutzer, Staff Columnist

May 14, 2019

In order to protect our children and collective morality, further action must be taken by lawmakers in efforts to curb the rate of gun violence. Electing a Democrat in the upcoming 2020 presidential election is America’s chance to take a stance against our gun problem.

Peduto signs gun control bills, lawsuit filed in county court

Peduto signs gun control bills, lawsuit filed in county court

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 10, 2019

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed three controversial gun control bills into law Tuesday afternoon, including one that prohibits the usage of certain assault weapons within the City. Several Pittsburgh residents immediately filed a lawsuit against Peduto and the City Council, arguing a state law preempts the new City law.

City Council passes gun control bills amid legal threats

City Council passes gun control bills amid legal threats

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

April 2, 2019

Pittsburgh’s City Council passed three gun control bills Tuesday morning by a 6-3 vote, including one that prohibits the usage of certain assault weapons within the City.

Editorial: City leaders must be transparent in gun control battle

Editorial: City leaders must be transparent in gun control battle

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 30, 2019

If City leaders hope to try their hand at overturning decades of court precedence, City residents deserve to know more about their plan than waiting to “find out.”

Column | Pittsburgh gun bills fail civil rights and safety

Column | Pittsburgh gun bills fail civil rights and safety

By Jeremy Wang, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 22, 2019

Pittsburgh’s proposed gun control ordinances were cobbled together by cutting and pasting pieces from ineffective and outdated laws. The results are policies that experts say have serious civil rights implications — without making the City any safer.

Proposed gun legislation triggers protests

Proposed gun legislation triggers protests

By Emily Wolfe, Assistant News Editor

January 8, 2019

Several hundred gun rights supporters gathered at the City-County Building Monday to protest legislation that would restrict gun ownership in Pittsburgh.

Opinion | SGB picks empty talk over data-driven solutions

Opinion | SGB picks empty talk over data-driven solutions

By Jeremy Wang, Assistant Opinions Editor

January 8, 2019

The University of Pittsburgh Student Government Board released a letter calling for stricter gun control. But an apparent failure to properly research the subject led to a list of proposals that leading experts are reluctant to place any confidence in.

Editorial: Don’t let Remington fool you

Editorial: Don’t let Remington fool you

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 2, 2018

Forcing a gun manufacturer into declaring bankruptcy might sound like an undeniable victory for gun control activists — particularly when that manufacturer is Remington, America’s oldest gun manufacturer, and when that announcement came just one day after the March for Our Lives March 24. But...

Editorial: Santorum surrenders to chaos on gun control

Editorial: Santorum surrenders to chaos on gun control

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 27, 2018

For most of the participants at anti-gun violence marches in cities across the country Saturday, there was a broad agreement: Gun laws are currently too lax, and we need to tighten them up to avoid future carnage. Some people, however, were busy proposing bizarre alternatives to gun control. ...

‘We’re fed up:’ Thousands demand action against gun violence in Pgh march

‘We’re fed up:’ Thousands demand action against gun violence in Pgh march

By Kenan Meral | For The Pitt News

March 24, 2018

More than 30,000 people marched through Downtown Saturday afternoon, chanting “enough is enough” and “books not bullets” and waving signs with slogans such as, “If kids are old enough to get shot, they’re old enough to have opinions.” The Pittsburgh March For Our Lives, like others held in Washingt...

Lamb misses the mark on gun issues

Lamb misses the mark on gun issues

By Jeremy Wang | Senior Columnist

February 22, 2018

Southwestern Pennsylvania loves its guns. And for many Democrats outside Pittsburgh’s City limits, that part of the region’s culture has become a stumbling block to winning public office. Throughout his campaign, Conor Lamb — the Democratic candidate for March’s special election in Pennsyl...

Editorial: After shooting, student walkouts lead the way

Editorial: After shooting, student walkouts lead the way

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 22, 2018

Florida’s state legislature disappointed gun control advocates Monday when it declined to consider a ban on the assault weapon used in last week’s high school massacre in Parkland, Florida. But for students, both in the state and around the country, that wasn’t the end of the story. From Minnes...

Florida shooting should be a wake up call

Florida shooting should be a wake up call

By Ana Altchek | Columnist

February 19, 2018

Valentine’s Day is usually a holiday of showing care and appreciation for loved ones — but for many living in South Florida, it was a day of mourning and loss. February 14, 2018, just became a day marking one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States. Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old who had previ...

Editorial: Don’t ignore the politics behind gun violence crisis

Editorial: Don’t ignore the politics behind gun violence crisis

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 3, 2017

For President Donald Trump’s administration, sensitivity in the face of tragedy hasn’t been the norm — just last week, Trump took to Twitter to insult the mayor of an American city ravaged by multiple hurricanes. So when voices everywhere — from the conservative blogosphere to Washington, D.C., ...

Obama’s address: Keep guns out of extremists’ hands

Obama’s address: Keep guns out of extremists’ hands

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

December 7, 2015

Fighting terrorism has reached a “new phase” for the United States, President Obama said during his Oval Office address last night. As we have improved at gathering information on terrorist networks and at foiling their plots, the president said extremists have turned to “less complicated” m...

Stop stigmatizing, start humanizing mental illness

By Kirsten Wong / Columnist

October 27, 2015

As mass shootings and other incomprehensible events happen so frequently, we search for the guilty, the motive and the solution. On Oct. 1st, Christopher Harper-Mercer was suspected of killing 10 people in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. It was the 294th shooting this year in which four or more people were killed or injured, classifying it...

Gun-free zones leave Americans defenseless

Gun-free zones leave Americans defenseless

By Marlo Safi / Columnist

October 13, 2015

It seems like every other week, a shooter walks into a public meeting space and opens fire. Just this Friday, Northern Arizona University and Texas Southern University had shootings that claimed the lives of one student from each university. The week before, in Roseburg, Oregon, Umpqua Community College lost nine of...

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