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Rural Blog: Students in rural communities facing backlash when speaking out in favor of gun control

Recent school shootings have inspired a wave of gun-control activism, some of it from students, and a few of those students from rural areas. “In a more liberal city like Parkland, Fla., or at a rally in Washington, these students might have been celebrated as young leaders,” Jack Healy reports for The New York Times. “But in rural, conservative parts of the country where farm fields...

Bill Straub: Key word is ‘Enough,’ though Congress is unlikely to act, only solution is at the ballot box

As noted in the past, I stopped hoping for any serious effort to end the slaughter created by guns not long after Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, the day 20-year-old Adam Lanza, entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CN., and proceeded to mow down 26 of his fellow human beings, including 20 children – 20, mind you — between the ages of six and seven. It became obvious soon thereafter that...

Jeanine Grant Lister: It’s time to pay attention, ask young people what they think of gun violence

In light of the tragic shootings at Marshall County High School in Benton, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, it seems that everyone is tut-tutting and wagging their heads over the tragedies. The WHY of these incidents has gotten me to thinking about how to create change. We need to find out why kids…and adults, too…think that a gun is any solution to a problem....

Susan Donovan: By allowing school shootings to become the norm, we fail our communities, children

We are failing our children, we are failing our communities, and we are failing our nation. Three of the deadliest shootings have occurred in the last five months. How can we stand by helplessly and watch the continuation of such senseless violence? What do we tell our children and our grandchildren about the steps we took to correct the devastating violence in our schools? School safety should...