Saturday, December 5, 2015

Gun control: New York Times runs front page editorial for first time since 1920

The New York Times has used its first front-page editorial in nearly a century to call for greater gun regulation after the San Bernardino massacre.

Arthur Sulzberger Jr, the newspaper’s publisher, said it was running its first page-one editorial since 1920 on Saturday to “deliver a strong and visible statement of frustration and anguish about our country’s inability to come to terms with the scourge of guns”.

The editorial, which comes after three people were fatally shot at a planned parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last week and 14 people were killed in the shooting on Wednesday at a social services centre in San Bernardino, California, states: “It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency.

The last time the New York Times ran an editorial on its front page was to express dismay at the nomination of Warren G Harding as the Republican presidential candidate. Harding went on to win the general election that year.

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