The Oberlin Review

Oberlin High School and College students protested gun violence by walking out of school last Friday.

High Schoolers Hold Gun Violence Walkout

April 27, 2018

Local students walked out of Oberlin High School last Friday to honor the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. The walkout — one of thousands across the U.S. — was also part of a continued effort to protest gun violence as a part of the national, youth-led movement that began after the February mass shooting in Parkland, FL. The students left school at 1 p.m. and congregated in Tappan Square, where community members and college students joined in solidarity. The walkout feat...

Sanders’ Stance on Guns Hypocritical

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer

April 23, 2016

If there is one word I have been using with growing bitterness this semester, it is “systemic” — systemic harm, systemic injustice, systemic oppression. I feel disgust almost every time I hear the word because systemic injustice is so entrenched in our society. Another zealous user of the word “systemic” is Bernie Sanders. The Democratic presidential nominee is guilty of criticizing systems. He has explained at conventions and debates about how “the system is rigged” for those who are not billionaires. This rhetoric is something I can get behind, but I can’t support his policy positions that do not heed this rhetoric. Sanders’ stance on gun control is where the discrepancy between his defaming of a...

Council Wins Gun Lawsuit

Hannah Jackel-Dewhurst

April 24, 2015

Last week a judge ruled in favor of the City Council in a lawsuit over a city ordinance that reiterates a state law banning unlawful possession of firearms in public parks. The decision is significant because it states that municipal governments have the right to file ordinances regulating the use of firearms so long as those ordinances complement state law. The plaintiffs, Brian and Janae Kuzawa, who are not Oberlin residents and were supported by the organization Ohioans for Concealed Carry, argued that municipalities cannot pass ordinances regulating the use of firearms. The court ruled in favor of the ordinance, so if the Kuzawas do not appeal within 30 days, it will remain on the books. The ordinance, as well...

Feminized Gun Marketing Exacerbates Rape Culture

Editorial Board

February 27, 2015

Many women learn early on how to defend themselves in dangerous situations: hold their keys between their knuckles in dark parking garages; keep mini-canisters of pepper spray in their purses. From a young age, just as everyone learns to look both ways before crossing the street, women are taught not to walk home alone if they can help it, not to put their drinks down at parties, not to show too much skin — all for fear of inviting sexual assault. It’s a similar, if violently escalated, vein of logic that Second Amendment activists employ when they tell women on college campuses that the best way to protect themselves against sexual assault is to up the ante: Carry a gun. The argument, which briefly caught the...

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