With gun control legislation an ongoing national debate, Penn State political group leaders offer their input

With gun control legislation an ongoing national debate, Penn State political group leaders offer their input

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1000×420 image ad Charlie Riedel | The Associated Press On April 2, the Pittsburgh Council approved gun control legislation in response to the Tree of Life synagogue shooting last year. It has been reported that several pro-gun advocates plan to challenge this in court if it is passed. The new legislation approved by the council would ban the public use of all assault rifles and allow for the authorities to temporarily disarm a person deemed dangerous. While mass shootings only account for 1% of all gun violence deaths, the tone and conversation of the nation has shifted over time. As the country becomes more and more divided on the issue of the Second Amendment, Penn State organizations discussed their own opinions on how to go on from here. “It’s not that we need stricter gun control laws, just more comprehensive ones,” Rafay Nasir , the president of the College Independents, said. “We need to look at all the facts and statistics, and make a feasible and viable solution.” Nasir (sophomore-biology and health policy and administration) added that often, handguns are used in gun violence, and many of those deaths are due to suicides and gang violence. “Suicide is a huge problem, so we should focus on that first,” Nasir said, “We also need to build a community, typically in large cities, to decrease gang violence by improving the school systems and supporting them financially so they don’t turn to guns.” The president of Turning Point Michael Csencsits said he […]

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