ROB OKUN – Students: keep up the pressure to ensure legislators pass assault weapons bans. Demand they raise the age requirement to purchase firearms. Insist on funding for mental health screenings. Also, please donâ€™t forget to press for research dollars and training initiatives on how we raise boys.
ROBERT C. KOEHLER – Thereâ€™s a bigger problem embedded in the social order than our lack of effective gun laws, and I hope the movement that emerges out of the Parkland massacre makes the leap beyond anger and single-issue politics. The nationâ€™s weak gun laws â€” the easy availability of AR-15 assault rifles â€” are, in fact, a symptom of the general cheapening of human life in American society, which is reflected in the nationâ€™s ever-expanding obsession with war and a military budget the size of Godzilla. War always has a way of coming home.