Universities Speak Out in Support of Gun Control

By: Joanne Wang

On Feb. 14, 19-year-old Nikolas Jacob Cruz opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Seventeen people were killed and 14 more were injured. This is one of the world’s deadliest school shootings, bringing the total number of school massacres in 2018 to 18.

Many protests have taken place in response to this event and have reiterated concerns about gun control. A great number of proud gun owners have even taken to destroying their own weapons as acts of protest.

Several school districts officials have threatened to take disciplinary action against high school students who take part in nationwide gun control walkouts and other demonstrations of protest. However, such disciplinary action can sometimes hurt a student’s college admissions.

In response, a great number of universities across the nation have publicly shown support for the gun control demonstrations. The University of Oregon, for example, tweeted their support on Feb. 27.

“With a long tradition of standing for what we believe in, we are proud to support students who participate in peaceful walkouts for gun control. This will not jeopardize your admissions process in any way,” the UO said on Twitter.

The UO joins more than 40 universities across the nation, including Yale, Brown, Dartmouth and MIT in reassuring protesting students.


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