The New York Times published an editorial Saturday on its front page for the first time in nearly 100 years, one calling for greater steps on gun control.
The editorial comes days after 14 people were gunned down at a social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., two weeks after a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic and in a six-month span that has seen high-profile shootings in Charleston, S.C., Lafayette, La., and Roanoke, Va.
The words in “End the Gun Epidemic in America” are powerful, calling the gun situation “a moral outrage and national disgrace.” The editorial calls for reducing the number of firearms in this country and even eliminating some types of weapons and ammunition.
It is striking that in the digital age the Times was using the power of print to state its case. Still, the editorial was generating lots of buzz on social media Saturday morning.
“All decent people feel sorrow and righteous fury about the latest slaughter of innocents, in California. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are searching for motivations, including the vital question of how the murderers might have been connected to international terrorism. That is right and proper,” the editorial says.
“But motives do not matter to the dead in California, nor did they in Colorado, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut and far too many other places,” it continues. “The attention and anger of Americans should also be directed at the elected leaders whose job is to keep us safe but who place a higher premium on the money and political power of an industry dedicated to profiting from the unfettered spread of ever more powerful firearms.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Susan Miller