gun violence

Gun violence, bigotry must not define our generation. We must condemn it.

Gun violence, bigotry must not define our generation. We must condemn it.

05/02/2019 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor Mr. Rogers once said that when your heart can cry another’s sadness, your heart is full of love. Today, all of our hearts are a little fuller in the worst kind of way. Within the last week, two shootings have claimed the lives of three people. The first […]

New Zealand gun laws changed after Christchurch shooting

New Zealand gun laws changed after Christchurch shooting

03/21/2019 By Alyse Kaminski On Friday, March 15, I received an update on my phone that a man entered the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Center in Christchurch, New Zealand and killed 50 people. I was surprised that I wasn’t being informed about an attack in the United States, but that did not […]

A year in review: Tragedy, politics and progress define 2018

A year in review: Tragedy, politics and progress define 2018

01/17/2019 By Alyse Kaminski | Staff Columnist  I always feel anxious at the beginning of a new year. Who knows what I will remember 2019 for? Will it be a year of positivity and growth, or will it be daunting and discouraging? Although I cannot know what 2019 holds for me or anyone else, I […]

As anti-Semitism rises in the U.S. and the Jewish community mourns, Pittsburgh comes together with unity and grace

As anti-Semitism rises in the U.S. and the Jewish community mourns, Pittsburgh comes together with unity and grace

11/01/2018 By Ollie Gratzinger | Opinions Editor On the morning of Saturday, Oct. 27, shots rang out in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood. Located in Squirrel Hill, the Tree of Life synagogue was the scene of a horrific anti-Semitic hate crime when suburban Baldwin native Robert Bowers stormed the temple and opened fire during the morning Shabbat […]

After tragedy, voting more important than ever

After tragedy, voting more important than ever

11/01/2018 By Duke Staff Unreal. Sickening. Saddening. Horrifying. These are the thoughts on so many minds as our whole city is still reeling from the horrific massacre that occurred on Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill. 11 Jewish worshippers were gunned down, along with six wounded (four were police and SWAT […]

Pittsburgh synagogue tragedy sparks gun control debate

Pittsburgh synagogue tragedy sparks gun control debate

11/01/2018 By Alyse Kaminski | Staff Columnist  “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” “Cars kill people, too, but we don’t ban cars.” “I need guns for protection in my home.” The list of arguments from proponents of the Second Amendment goes on and on. To me, they are not arguments. They are excuses. And […]

Gun debate continues, assault weapons unnecessary

Gun debate continues, assault weapons unnecessary

Spencer Murphy | Staff Columnist  04/26/2018 In the current environment surrounding the debate on gun control, it is hard to reach a satisfying position. The general disagreement, at least currently, is focused on automatic weapons and if the right to own such weapons is justified. Many people want these weapons outlawed for a simple reason: […]

Duquesne will not discipline high school protesters

Duquesne will not discipline high school protesters

Alex Wolfe | Staff Writer 04/12/2018 In reaction to the sheer volume of students participating in the national walkouts, many high schools were faced with a choice: to punish their students for their actions or to support their right to protest. President Ken Gormley announced in late February that students’ admissions decisions to Duquesne would […]

Arming teachers wrongly misconstrued

Arming teachers wrongly misconstrued

03/22/2018 By Vincent Gullo | Staff Columnist  An interesting quality about modern political discourse is that in the wake of tragedy and desperation, players from both sides of the aisle still find ways to belittle their political adversaries. The horrific shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida was viewed as the last straw […]

Parkland survivors not letting nation forget

Parkland survivors not letting nation forget

03/01/2018 By Alyse Kaminski | Staff Columnist According to U.S. News, there are 2,972 students enrolled at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This means that 5,944 parents and guardians, give or take, sent their kids to school on Feb. 14, 2018, expecting them to come home safe and sound. By the end of the day, […]