NY Times to Run First Front-Page Editorial in Nearly 100 Years: "End the Gun Epidemic"

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"​It is a moral outrage and national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency," writes the Times' editorial board.

The New York Times has made a historic move in reserving their prime front page (Page One) on Saturday for an editorial calling for gun reform. In the Times' first front-page editorial since 1920, the paper makes a polarizing statement on firearms in the opinion article titled "End the Gun Epidemic."

"​It is a moral outrage and national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency," writes the Times' editorial board.

The article states that countries including France and England are "trying" with their strict gun laws, but "The United States is not. Worse, politicians abet would-be killers by creating gun markets for them, and voters allow those politicians to keep their jobs."

The Hollywood Reporter obtained the following statement from Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.: "It has been many decades since The Times ran an editorial on Page One. We do so today 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. Even in this digital age, the front page remains an incredibly strong and powerful way to surface issues that demand attention. And, what issue is more important than our nation’s failure to protect its citizens?"
 
The editorial decision comes after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that left 14 people dead and more than a dozen wounded. 

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