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The blue versus red battle has to stop

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Sheridan Culp, Editor in Chief

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Within two weeks, there were three different acts of terrorism in the United States. Stories published on the Shield address the shooting in Pittsburgh that occurred on October 27 and the 14 potential bombs that were sent out on October 22. There was also a shooting in Kentucky that left two people dead.

How has it gotten to this point? It seems like almost every week there’s a new heinous act streamed across the TV that the media is covering. Different politicians have their own stances as to how to fix the issue but obviously after this past week, people are seeing that it’s not working.

The problem is not that the issue isn’t being talked about. There has been plenty of rallies that have gone on in the past year promoting their stance on gun control to fix the issue. There has been plenty of press conferences promoting other procedures such as stricter gun laws. There has been plenty of talk.

But talk itself does not translate into change. The Republican versus Democrat battle has gone too far. The United States is, ironically, not so united at this point, and this divide makes it hard to solve any national debate. At some point people have to put aside their differences and compromise to make an agreement. Understandably, people have their stance on issues, and it’s not as easy as it seems to compromise. However, one thing that most people can agree on is that something has to be done at this point to stop the pattern of violence.

Bipartisanship is the answer. The divide between political parties has one unifying branch- everyone wants the people living in this country to be safe and happy. In order to prevent acts like the Pittsburgh shooting, the mail bombs, and the shooting that occurred in Kentucky people need to put their differences aside, stop talking, and start acting.

U.S. President Donald Trump made a statement during a press conference following the pipe bombs being sent out saying, “In these times we have to unify, we have to come together, and send one very clear strong unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.” The pattern of violence and injustice has to come to an end, and we need to act to accomplish this.

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