The Second Amendment can not supersede the Declaration of Independence

Cruz, an archetypal lone shooter, seems to have stepped right out of the book of warning signs for future mass murderers.

Seventeen students and staff members were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. But whether it's mass shootings or gun suicides, these incidents inevitably involve guns, and each deserves careful examination and policy planning, even when such violence isn't dominating the news cycle. According to the New York Times, the NRA had donated a total of $7,740,521 to McCain and $4,551,146 to Blunt as of October 2017, when the Las Vegas shooting occurred.

Are our present local, state and federal representatives going to continue to choose guns over our children?

It's not too soon - it's too late. Americans are deeply attached to their guns not because they are hell-bent on exercising the Second Amendment but because they are scared.

The student slammed the idea that there is no cure to gun violence and that gun control is not the only answer. "People kill people." But guns are inanimate objects without any intellectual capacity, and people are, well, people. Germany saw three mass shootings; Finland saw two. California, Connecticut, Indiana and Washington have laws providing for gun violence restraining orders.

The NRA has taken only one stand on gun ownership, and that is to quote the Second Amendment.

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." .

"So I've decided today, I'm gonna make sure this weapon will never be able to take a life, the barrel of this gun will never be pointed at someone".

Obama also wants universal background checks on all gun purchases, to close the most ridiculous loophole ever built into a law. If our elected leaders do not act and make meaningful change in our gun laws, they will suffer at the ballot box. They didn't know to exclude a gun that would kill en masse.

This country has a serious gun obsession.

The NRA gives U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th) a 93-percent approval rating?

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of CT addressed lawmakers' clear culpability when he discussed the Florida shooting on the Senate floor Wednesday. If it is not a gun, then it would be a knife, car, bomb, etc. We are preparing for what we would do to protect each other if someone was to come on campus with a gun.

So, to me the real question isn't "Will gun laws stop violence?". This is unsurprising: rifles are used for fewer homicides than shotguns, and count for less than a quarter of the number of homicides committed using feet and fists, though semi-automatic rifles are the preferred weapon for spectacular shootings like that in Florida.

Rajbir Toor, a freshman economics major.

In the wake of the mass shooting that befell Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14 which left 17 people dead, students are taking a stand against gun violence by vowing to march on Washington and other major cities including San Diego.

  • Leroy Wright