Nevada student speaks out against gun violence after campus shooting
Also inside: Abortion is legal once again in Wisconsin and the pushback against Moms for Liberty continues
One week ago today, a gunman stormed the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and opened fire, killing three professors and traumatizing tens of thousands of people in a city which still bears psychic wounds from the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
The shooting prompted another round of calls for stronger gun laws, including from President Joe Biden. But short-term progress is unlikely both at the state level—where Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo vetoed three gun safety laws earlier this year—and at the federal level, where the presence of the filibuster and staunch Republican opposition to gun reform means stronger laws face a huge uphill battle.
While too many politicians fail at their most basic duty to protect American lives, each shooting leaves behind a terrified mass of victims, struggling to make sense of the senseless.
Our team at The Nevadan responded to last week’s tragedy by talking to UNLV students and more importantly, listening to them. Among them was sophomore Eryn Smith, who talked openly about how the constant threat of gun violence in the US has caused her severe anxiety, and how last week’s shooting might affect her future. We encourage you to give it a watch.
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