Saturday’s New York Times will feature a front-page editorial — the paper’s first since 1920 — calling for increased U.S. regulation of guns in the wake of a nationwide rash of mass shootings.
The editorial, headlined “The Gun Epidemic,” calls for a drastic reduction in the number of firearms legally available to U.S. citizens and “eliminating some large categories of weapons and ammunition.”
“It is a moral outrage and national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency,” the editorial board writes.
The paper decided to break its decades-old practice of keeping the front page free of editorials “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,” Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said in a statement.
The paper’s bold move follows intensified debate over gun violence in the U.S. in the wake of the deadly assault at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, on Wednesday that killed 14 people and injured 17 others.
The Times last published a Page 1 editorial in June 1920, according to the Times. That commentary decried Warren G. Harding’s nomination as the Republican presidential candidate.
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