"How many times do I have to text my loved ones to ask if they are safe? Which words do I need to say to convince politicians that my life matters more than someone’s right to bear arms?" asked Katie Sundeen, a Michigan State University student, during a rally on the steps of Michigan’s Capitol. Two days after a gunman killed three MSU students and critically wounded five others, students and the community gathered just three miles away to demand stricter gun control laws from Michigan’s lawmakers.
Class discussion: What is most vital to you, your life or the right to bear arms? Do you believe American politicians want or can do anything effective to stop the gun violence that is the leading killer of the nation’s young? Why or why not? With more guns than people in the United States, can the growing wave of the mass shootings be stopped? Do recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings say gun rights are more important than public safety? Is amending the U.S. Constitution ultimately the only way to control gun violence?