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Feb. 20, 2013

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No one is above the rules By Brandon Real A couple of weeks ago all students were required to go home after school or risk being suspended or perhaps arrested. The only exceptions were for the student athletes. The question many have been asking since is, why them? Why are the athletes being given preferential treatment over the other students? Many students do not stay after simply to loiter, but instead they stay after for credit recovery, tutoring and other positive extracurricular activities. They should not be punished for what other students did,

especially if they are trying to Student athletes are often they are lenient toward the athletes? better their high school careers. given special privileges because of the role sports play in the The administration says things Recently, the student athletes have been involved in fights community; they are a source that imply there is supposed on campus, yet they are being of pride and entertainment. If to be a zero tolerance policy given exemption to the campus the administration wants to shut on campus when it comes to fights. They say that if shutdown? What about the students The same rules should apply to every- you fight, you will be suspended or even that stays after for one, no matter who they are or what credit recovery? expelled. Yet the athposition they hold. What about those letes and students who were causing trouble hard-working down the campus, it should be were allowed to stay on campus students that stay after, not to cause trouble, but to get tutoruniversal; a select group of stuand kept causing problems until ing to pass their classes? Why dent should not be given special things began to escalate out of control. The question is why? should students who are going treatment, especially when the the extra mile to get their grades student athletes are the cause of Why did it take so long for those up not be allowed to stay after the problem. What example is problematic students to be dealt but the athletes can? the administration setting when with?

Gun control 1MM4GC MISSION STATEMENT: One million moms for gun control-One Million Moms for Gun Control is a grassroots effort formed in the wake of the devastating mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. Horrified and heartbroken by the events in Sandy Hook, mothers of the United States are coming together to fight for tougher gun control measures. The group’s founder is Indiana mother of five Shannon Watts. Now thousands of moms have joined her. We’re growing by the day with more members and dozens of state and local chapters. Together, we hope to prevent more moms from experiencing the pain and heartache of those moms in towns whose names are etched forever in our memories: Littleton, Paducah, Blacksburg, Aurora, Tucson, and now Newtown.We understand the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms—just not ALL arms. Let’s make our country a better, less violent place for them. 1mm4gc has started an internet campaign to raise awareness.They feel that the only way to keep yourself safe is to ask your representatives to increase control of weapons and their sales. GOALS: Banning assault weapons and magazines of more than 10 rounds; requiring background checks for all gun purchases; reporting the sale of large quantities of ammunition to the ATF; limiting the scope of concealed weapons laws at the state level. They feel that the only way to keep yourself safe is to ask your representatives to increase control of weapons and their sales.

Timeline since Sandy Hook

Dwayne Tunstill “I am for gun control.” People who have felonies and psychological issues should not have guns. One gun should be enough for one person.”

Mollie Davis, senior “I believe there should be more restrictions on people who can get guns, however, events like Sandy Hook will be less likely if we implement better mental health care systems.”

Juan Rivera, junior; “Everybody should be able to have a gun for protection, but there should be a law that requires a background check for people who want to have a gun.”

Gabby Wells, senior; “Not everybody should have a gun, only law enforcement. I also think we should have metal detectors at school.”

Danny Reyes “You can’t really account for people who obtain guns illegally. I think if they put restrictions on gun ownership, the rate of people owning guns illegally would rise. ”

12/14/12 •20 children and 7 adults killed in shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. 12/15/12 •School shooting sparks new debate over gun control •Local gun control advocates call for tighter legislation 12/16/12 •Ventura gun shows intensifies gun control debate 12/17/12 •Sen. Feinstein to introduce gun control bill 12/18/12 •Dick’s sporting goods suspends some rifle sales

Sheryl Johnson “The laws aren’t going to work; it would be nice, but people will always be able to get guns. The issue will just make ordinary people get guns. Guns will never go away.”

This problem is found not just in high schools, but beyond in colleges and universities. Many universities award full ride scholarships to student athletes. The academic standards for student athletes are lower than that of a regular student. This is because athletics plays a major role in bringing money and prestige to a school. Overall, while those student athletes should be respected for what they do, they are no more special than anyone else on campus. The same rules should apply to everyone no matter who they are, or what position they hold.

SHOW DOWN NRA MISSION STATEMENT: Established in 1990, the NRA Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearms-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. These activities are designed to promote firearms and hunting safety, to enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in the shooting sports, and to educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological and artistic context. The NRA is vehemently in favor of the 2nd amendment rights. They feel that guns are a useful tool in protecting yourself against criminals and invasions as well as for hunting and shooting sports. GOALS: They do not support universal background checks for gun ownership because they do not believe it will solve the problem due to that fact that criminals will not buy guns legally. They believe that the only way to protect yourself from mass shootings is for you to arm yourself in preparation

The Obama administation has proposed and Congress is considering laws: •Requiring criminal background checks on all gun

sales, including private sales. •Banning “military-style” assault weapons •Limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds •Strengthening penalties for gun trafficking

•NRA breaks silence, pledges “Meaningful Contributions” •Obama to propose solutions to gun violence by January 12/19/12 •Gun sales skyrocket amid fear over stricter control 12/21/12 •NRA Official: Put armed officers in every school 1/05/13 •Sales of Firearms Up at Ontario gun show 1/10/13 •Biden, NRA clash over new gun control proposals 1/11/13 •Gun violence task force meets with video game makers

1/16/13 •President Obama unveils sweeping gun control overhaul, including 23 executive actions 1/17/13 •Obama - backed gun bills a long shot in progress 1/26/13 •Marchers in Nation’s capital demand tougher gun laws 2/12/13 •President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address call for Congress to vote on gun control. “The families ripped open by gun violence deserve a vote.”

Information compiled by Lucy Knorr and Korrie Warren

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