Speaker Phoebe Clements Revisits March for Our Lives

Speaker Phoebe Clements Revisits March for Our Lives

Introduce yourself. I’m Phoebe Clements. I’m a freshman here at Vanderbilt, and I’m from Jacksonville, Florida. How did you come to get involved with March for Our Lives? I heard about it and saw it on Facebook when Abby Brafman, a freshman, posted about it. I didn’t really know much...

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OPINION: Steering Clear of Politics After A Massacre Isn’t Polite — It’s Irresponsible

OPINION: Steering Clear of Politics After A Massacre Isn’t Polite — It’s Irresponsible

The past few years in country have been irreversibly marked by a spate of the nation’s deadliest mass shootings. As each mass shooting devastates the nation with its enormous losses, a period of national mourning follows as individuals from all backgrounds and both sides of the political aisle offer their...

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Whose Vote Is It Anyway?

Whose Vote Is It Anyway?

On Wednesday, the United States Senate failed to pass the Manchin-Toomey bill. A bipartisan compromise, this bill expanded required background checks to every gun purchase except for transactions between family members and friends. It actually received 54 “for” votes and 46 “against” votes, and one of the “against” votes was...

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Scapegoating Mentally Ill Won’t Fix Gun Violence

Scapegoating Mentally Ill Won’t Fix Gun Violence

Unfortunately, advocacy for the mentally ill is puny compared to the lobby for the right to own handheld devices that  shoot deadly metal pellets at high speed. Between the gun-lobby’s intransigence and the Obama Administration’s timidity, mental illness has become the low-hanging fruit in the nation’s dialogue on gun violence....

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Aim High, Shoot Low

  Last week, in an interview for The New Republic, President Obama told reporters that he went skeet shooting “all the time” at Camp David. This statement quickly became the shot heard round the blogosphere, receiving criticism from both ends of the political spectrum. Liberals insisted that the president...

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