In the days leading up to Halloween, visitors to Willard Straight Hall’s lobby may have noticed pumpkins for sale that looked, well, familiar: Radiant orange, and topped with a distinctive blonde hair combover, the miniature pumpkins bore a resemblance to President Donald Trump.
Earlier this month, the Tompkins County Legislature narrowly voted in favor of a resolution that would allow rifle hunting for big game in the area, joining 58 other upstate New York counties that already granted such permission.
David Hogg and Samantha Fuentes — young activists and survivors of the February 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida — recounted the lessons they learned spearheading a movement that has made waves in politics and the media in a talk to Cornell students on September 28.
On Sept. 28, student activists David Hogg and Samantha Fuentes, survivors of the shooting in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., will be giving a talk about the impact of engaged and empowered youth.
In the aftermath of recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick announced plans to use economic leverage to pressure gun manufacturers into incorporating greater firearm safety measures.
On November 6, voters across New York’s 23rd congressional district will decide whether longtime representative Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) or Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano J.D. ’95 will represent them in Congress.
Gun violence is something that has never directly impacted me. It was only through the Virginia Tech shooting, in which a gunman killed over twenty people on a snowy morning in Blacksburg, that I have any concrete connection to gun violence at all; one of my best friends from kindergarten lost a cousin that day. The evening of that massacre, as I sat in my living room with CNN’s emotional coverage on in the background while I copied my spelling words, I remember thinking about how big a deal it was. It’s not like this anymore though. Nearly eleven years and thousands of deaths from gun violence later, even our overused tropes and platitudes, our vapid thoughts and prayers, feel overbearing, much less meaningless.
When Nikolas Cruz opened fire in Parkland on Valentine’s Day, the shooting left in its wake not only the usual and maligned ‘thoughts and prayers,’ but an avalanche of gun control advocacy. However, the response to the Parkland shooting could, ironically, end up being detrimental to meaningful solutions to gun violence. Many on the left correctly criticize the right for being sensationalist and for seeking overly simplistic solutions to deep and complex issues. Yet, many gun control advocates seem to fall into the same trap. The elevation of the Parkland students to the forefront of the national conversation on gun control is, quite frankly, manifestly inconsistent.