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The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

A man firing an ABC Rifle Company ABC-15 at an outdoor shooting range in Nevada.

Opinion | Semi-automatic weapons are instruments of mass killing

By Livia LaMarca, Assistant Opinions Editor November 14, 2023
I could write a whole column about how the United States’ overconsumption and overuse of guns is leading to a terrifyingly violent and deadly society. But today, I want to attack one lone bad guy that stands out among the rest — military-grade, assault, semi-automatic weapons.
Community members gather Thursday, Nov. 2, during a candlelight vigil in Auburn, Maine following the Lewiston mass shooting on Oct. 25.

Opinion | Mass shootings have taken the lives of far too many

By Livia LaMarca, Assistant Opinions Editor November 7, 2023
Only a handful of days ago, Lewiston, Maine, experienced the deadliest shooting in the country since Uvalde. 18 people died in Lewiston, while 21 died in Uvalde, including 19 elementary school children.
Pitt police chief James Loftus.

Pitt police reviews protocol for campus shooting scenarios after Michigan State shooting

By Alexandra Ross, Assistant News Editor March 1, 2023
Two weeks after a shooting at Michigan State, Pitt police chief James Loftus reviewed Pitt police’s training and protocol for on-campus shooter situations.
Attendees gather on Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park during Saturday’s “March for Our Lives” rally.

‘Change must come’: Rally calls for gun control in light of recent mass shootings

By John Blair, Senior Staff Photographer June 14, 2022
Around 250 people gathered on Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park on Saturday for the 2022 Pittsburgh March For Our Lives rally.
Editorial | Ban assault weapons now

Editorial | Ban assault weapons now

By The Pitt News Editorial Board March 25, 2021
In order to curb mass shootings, the United States needs to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines now.
Gov. Phil Murphy is pictured in Trenton, New Jersey, in March.

Editorial: More states should follow New Jersey’s new gun policy

By The Pitt News Editorial Board September 10, 2019
More states should consider similar executive orders going forward to have a greater possible impact on gun policy in this country.
Trumps inadequate response to the Tree of Life shooting

Trump’s inadequate response to the Tree of Life shooting

By Mackenzie Oster, For The Pitt News November 16, 2018
Trump’s initial response to the Pittsburgh shooting was to suggest the addition of armed guards in places of worship and a stricter implementation of the death penalty. Both of Trump’s suggestions model the behavior that they seek to prevent — the addition of more violence and death to society.
Junior English writing major Jack Habib discusses suicide statistics at Wednesday night’s “Let’s Talk Gun Violence” event in the William Pitt Union.  (Photo by Brian Gentry | Contributing Editor)

Pay attention to all gun violence, not just mass shootings

By Neena Hagen, Assistant Opinions Editor October 1, 2018
There are many different types of gun violence in America today, and calling for simple, blanket solutions to such a multifaceted issue won’t solve anything, just exacerbate existing problems.
An added sign designating the school in Yosemite Valley a gun-free zone is posted below the residential sign near administrative offices in Yosemite Valley, March 17, 2010. (Eric Paul Zamora/Fresno Bee/MCT)

Gun-free zones leave Americans defenseless

By Marlo Safi / Columnist October 12, 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...

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