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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Erik Franze


OPINION

Thoughts and prayers are simply not enough in wake of the Las Vegas shooting

We all know what happened in Las Vegas last Sunday. I believe that, deep down, we also all know what needs to be done about it to lessen the possibility of such a tragedy occurring again, and again, and again, as it always seems to do. Acceptance of a problem is the first step to solving it, yet despite this fact, many in our country feel more attached to their firearms than to basic morals. The gun culture in this country is pervasive, toxic and extremely deadly. It allows people like Stephen Paddock to commit acts of domestic terrorism and mass murder, who cling to not one or two guns for reasonable purposes like for sustainable sport or recreation, or for the feeling of self-protection, but feel the insane need to own an arsenal of 43 weapons, including assault rifles. Like after Orlando, Sandy Hook and so many of these events before, people are taking to social media and conversations in their daily life to offer their thoughts and prayers. These are great, don’t get me wrong, but they are not enough. There are integral pieces missing from these discussions.

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Slichter Hall’s renovation proposal is one of the several campus proposals deferred in the capital budget. Post-occupancy student satisfaction surveys reveal that this facility receives the lowest scores of all on-campus housing facilities.

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