Gun reform is SGA’s main priority

Colby Echo (by Marcques Houston)

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In the wake of the Parkland shooting, gun reform has been an incredibly popular topic of discussion in our country. Everyday, it seems like we are hearing about another mass shooting. We wake up and watch the news and wonder what we can do as a country to make more changes and ensure safety for all people. Some days it’s in our local schools and other days it’s on college campuses similar to our own. These are places where all people are supposed to feel safe, places where students should not have to fear for their lives. Policies need to be in place where students can feel protected. On March 14, 2018, we gathered as a community at the steps of Miller for 17 minutes of silence in solidarity and in memory of the 17 lives that were lost in the Parkland incident. Along with thousands of students who walked out that day, those participating were saying that enough is enough, change needs to be made. People are calling their representatives every day to tell them how important this issue is. It is our inalienable right to feel protected and safe at all times. It is one of the many things that America promises its citizens.

Now, more than ever, we need to see that happen. Gun reform or gun control — whichever you choose to call it -needs to happen if we want to ensure the safety of the next generation. The men and women of Congress have talked about changing the age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21 as well as implementing more types of screenings to go along with purchasing a firearm. But is this kind of action as progressive as we are hoping? I don’t know. These are the questions we must answer. These are the types of discussions that we must have as a community to formulate thoughts and opinions around the topic and to create change. Enough is enough. That is why on May 7 at 7:00 p.m., Student Government will be hosting a Gun Reform Debate in Ostrove Auditorium. This will be a student moderated debate featuring panelists from Colby and the Waterville community. This is an opportunity for us to gather as a community and start the incredibly difficult conversation about what it is that we imagine gun safety looking like in our communities and how it is that we can go about ensuring the safety for ourselves and the generation who will follow us.