“We sat in our cafeteria crying, wondering what is happening to our community, what is happening to our students and what’s happening to us.”
There were a number of news stories and opinion pieces this past weekend on the impact of gun violence on others. The statement above was made in an article in which Cleveland teachers shared their concerns about gun violence and school safety. A teacher at Glenville High School said staff did not feel supported by the administration after 16-year-old Devonte Johnson was shot and killed outside her building.
A staff editorial in the Kenyon Collegian at Kenyon College’s in Gambier, Ohio opines “Recent gun violence highlights need for advocacy.” The authors advise their fellow students to be attuned to the need for more gun control legislation as “the Ohio state government becomes increasingly pro-gun.”
In a commentary about the recent mass shootings in California in the Ohio Capital Journal, the author writes about those who lost their lives, stating “They were victims, both of the cruel murderers who cut them down too soon, and of America’s pathological obsession with guns that are all too easy to obtain, and all too easy to use as instruments of mass carnage.
“The solution — making guns harder to get, and keeping them out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them — has been staring us in the face for years,” the author also stated
In an article in the Columbus Free Press, Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr. with the Ohio Council of Churches commented on the actions that the city of Columbus is taking to reduce gun violence — and the roadblocks Ohio’s Attorney General is trying to put up. An article shared the following:
I think it was a courageous and responsible step that the Columbus City Council and the Mayor did take to pass that legislation,” said Rev. Sullivan Jr. of Canal Winchester. “It is unfortunate and upsetting that the laws they passed are being challenged by none other than the State of Ohio, which also should be applauding Columbus and providing solutions to gun violence.”