Editorial: Start of school shows the need for common sense on guns and COVID

Editorial: Start of school shows the need for common sense on guns and COVID

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out this morning’s lead Capitol Broadcasting Company editorial on WRAL.com. As is spelled out in “Going to school shouldn’t be life risking. Common sense, not politics, is the remedy,” state legislative leaders need to stop pandering to their narrow right-wing base and take strong action to tackle two enormous public health crises that threaten our kids: gun violence and COVID-19. Gun violence and inexplicable resistance to basic health precautions are putting our children and school workers in jeopardy. It doesn’t need, and shouldn’t, be this way…. …North Carolina’s legislative leaders need to wake up to the realization that what they may see as a political game – and appealing to a narrow partisan base – has consequences. Failure to be serious about firearms safety does matter. North Carolina teenagers are buying guns on the internet. The new school year has hardly started. COVID-19 is already disrupting efforts to return to much-needed classroom instruction. Legislative leaders need to stand up for the safety and health of everyone in the state. Mandate COVID vaccines for all students and school personnel. This is nothing new. Vaccinations have been state health policy for 82 years. Vaccines are patriotic. George Washington ordered soldiers in the Continental Army to be vaccinated against smallpox. The editorial concludes by praising a recent Cooper veto and reiterating the call for mass vaccination: The governor’s veto of legislation to do away with state background […]

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