A week ago in Halle, Germany, a gunman killed two people outside of a synagogue after attempting and failing to gain access to the building, where the congregation inside was just beginning Yom Kippur services. I had left Germany 24 hours before this shooting.
February 14, 2018 marks the anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that stirred a nation’s outrage at the epidemic of gun violence. The shooter, armed with a military-style semiautomatic AR-15 gunned down 17 students, staff and teachers in just three minutes.
On Oct. 30, FedEx stopped offering special discounts to members of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
On Tuesday, Stanford College Republicans (SCR) hosted Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and director of urban engagement Candace Owens for its final event of the year, titled “Make Stanford Great Again.” The lecture and question-and-answer session revolved largely around the stances listed on the event description:
Stanford Professor of Medicine Dean Winslow was set to become the Pentagon’s top health official for the Trump administration. Then he gave senators his opinion on civilian access to semiautomatic assault rifles.
Under current federal laws, high-capacity ammunition magazines and semi-automatic weapons are legal, after the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004. Other weapons, such as machine guns and other automatic weapons, are, under most circumstances, prohibited. The sale of firearms is also regulated, but unlicensed firearm dealers are exempt from the federally-mandated background checks on potential gun buyers.