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Never-ending and never-settled, the partisan debate over gun control rages again after the Las Vegas shooting that killed at least 59 Sunday night. Stephen Paddock, 64, was armed to a T and slaughtered concert-goers trapped in an enclosed area from his 32nd-floor casino suite before turning a weapon on himself when police closed in.
For as long as I’ve been in journalism, pundits have been predicting the demise of newspapers. Sure, over the decades I’ve been involved in the business a lot of things have changed, but the basic premise is still there. Our jobs are to provide accurate accounts of events, be a strong voice in the community and entertain our readers.
About 19 percent of Mississippi high school graduates did not pass one or more of the subject-area tests last year, according to data I received through a public records request.
Up until 2015, that would have meant they would not have been eligible to receive a diploma.
It wastes our time. It rots our children’s brains. It robs our local businesses. It puts down our defenses to allow foreign countries to meddle in our elections. It ruins families with pornography. It gives hate groups like ISIS a platform to recruit within our nation.
A Mississippi law passed in 2016 allowing guns in churches received national attention and was mocked by many who saw it as an unnecessary extension of 2nd Amendment rights to what should be a place of peace.
But, unfortunately, events this weekend confirmed why it is wise to have responsible gun owners carrying weapons in the pews.
They’ll be gathering along the shores of the Delaware River around the fire pit eating s’mores and swapping stories Saturday night.
Just like any Saturday night in eastern Pennsylvania, my friends from so long ago will be gathered to enjoy each other’s company; but this time, one of them will be missing.