A tipping point in the everlasting debate for gun control may have arrived on the heels of the El Paso shootings. Walmart, among other large retailers, has banned open carry in their stores, as well as discontinued sales of ammunition and handguns. In response, the NRA and other American citizens against gun control have boycotted stores across the nation. As the fight for or against gun control rages on, where is our government?
‘This is America’: A revolutionary depiction of America
Childish Gambino’s recent music video to his new single “This is America” has been shaking up social media platforms with its disturbing but real depictions of America. With an estimate of 68 million views within the first few days of the video airing, the perspective of the meaning behind the video can be debatable. However, whether it is coincidental or not, Gambino is a black man in America and is telling it from his perspective. It is a brilliant way to showcase the intensity of …
’13 Reasons Why’ fails to bring mental health awareness
“13 Reasons Why”, adapted from the YA novel of the same name, stands on a platform that claims it is forging a conversation on topics that are often uncomfortable and difficult to navigate: sexual assault, bullying, mental health and suicide.
Police Blotter: Student reported for graphic drawings depicting gun violence
Monday, March 12 Two subjects were seen walking on the football field with flashlights. The subjects were looking for a lost item and were asked to leave. A vendor in the quad reported his poster was taken from the area. The vendor was not desirous of a report; information was taken. A student reported his vehicle was struck while parked in Lot 5. Tuesday, March 13th A diabetic subject refusing assistance in controlling her low blood sugar in the R building was reported. The subject …
PCC organizations fight to de-stigmatize mental health
In light of the student suicide last semester, and amidst stigmatized conversations about mental health following the recent school shootings, Associated Students and Student Health services collaborated last week on the second Mental Health Awareness week of the school year. The events included showings of Pixar’s “Inside Out” and the documentary film “A New State of Mind,” as well as a mindfulness workshop that was held in the Circadian. “It’s very important that we let those students know what can be done to help them …
#Enough: National walkout brings forward school activism
Students participated in a nation-wide walkout at Pasadena City College (PCC) on Wednesday morning demanding that Congress take action against gun violence with underlying themes of bringing the PCC community more connected. This PCC event was prompted as part of a larger national event event to pressure legislators to find a solution to school shootings. It was organized by the same group that organized the Women’s March in January. The event was in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in …
PCC prepares for national school walkout in support of Parkland shooting victims
Tomorrow morning, PCC will be participating in the national school walkout which is both a memorial in honor of the victims of the Parkland shooting and a protest against current gun laws. According to EMPOWER, the youth branch of the Women’s March group who created the event, more than 2,500 organizations across the nation and some internationally plan to participate. Students are encouraged to leave their classes at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes, in recognition of the 17 deaths at Stoneman Douglas High School. After …
Editorial: It’s time we stop letting children be casualties of the gun debate
American gun culture is unique in its glorification of toxic masculinity. That in addition to the stigmatization of mental health and the almost ubiquitous access to military grade weapons is an amalgam that gives rise to constant instances of gun violence all over the country. As these egregious acts of violence increasingly move into classrooms, legislative inaction is branded with debates about arming teachers.
Student activism takes control of the gun debate
Throughout history, student activists have put their lives on the line. In 1960, four black students in North Carolina walked into a “whites only” lunch counter and fifty years after the civil rights movement, marginalized students are still fighting for ethnic and gender studies to remain at their school.
‘Thoughts and prayers’ won’t prevent the next mass shooting
At a mere 20 years old, I’ve already lived through the nation’s five deadliest mass shootings in modern history. Two of which, Las Vegas and Texas, only occurred within the last few months. Seeing instances of gun violence splashed across the pages of newspapers has become a constant fixture throughout my life and the lives of Americans everywhere.