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UW Election Eye 2012

Campaign 2012 through the eyes of UW faculty and students

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October 13, 2012 at 7:15 AM

It’s time to talk about guns

The fear of gun violence is an ever-present reality to parents, kids, teachers, neighbors, passers-by in America.  But our politicians are not discussing it in any serious manner – even during the presidential campaign.  It is time to change that.

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SHORELINE — Last May, when I had just finished a meeting at work, I received a text message from a friend saying that there had been a shooting in Shoreline the previous evening, and two youths had been shot.  One of them, a 17 year old girl, had died.

She was a student in my daughter’s high school at Shorecrest.

The shooting had taken place on the same street on which my daughter’s Metro bus travels from school to home every day.  At that moment the police had no suspect or motive – it looked like a random act of violence.

I was petrified.

I texted my daughter, “DO NOT TAKE THE BUS” home after school, and that I would pick her up.  I left work early with an uneasy feeling in my stomach: something terrible had just happened and my life was directly affected by it.  I could not control the events in my neighborhood, and I could not protect my daughter from the reality of gun violence and death.


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April 17, 2012 at 8:15 AM

At Virginia Tech, a chant of hope springs anew on five-year anniversary of tragedy

VA Tech students hold candles during campus memorial on April 16, 2012. Virginia Tech students lighted candles in a breathtaking tribute near the end of a moving memorial Monday night in Blacksburg, VA. (Photo by Thor Tolo / UW Election Eye)

Virginia Tech students hold candles during campus memorial on April 16, 2012. Students lighted candles in a  tribute near the end of a memorial in Blacksburg, Va. (Photo by Thor Tolo/UW Election Eye)

Five years ago yesterday, Virginia Polytechnic Institute senior Seung Hui Cho shot and killed 32 students and wounded 25 more on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg. It remains the deadliest massacre by a single person in the history of our country.

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The warm night air of this college town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains came alive Monday with a joyful noise — the aching sounds of sadness pierced on Virginia Tech’s campus just past 8:40.

“Let’s go!” the chant began. “Ho-kies!” it ended.

No one here will forget the 32 deadly gunshots delivered five years ago on this campus in the worst mass school shooting in U.S. history. But the mountains, the students, and the locals are thirsty for more of that century-old chant.


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