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l IB. Friday, October 6, 1995 U) t 1 'I Left: Mike Beard, president of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, proposes to ban guns from everyone. Most Weber State students disagreed. Gun control: heated debate at Convocations Society surrounded by violence; Should guns be taken from everyone? By Alisa C. Rasmussen Signpost news editor Christine Bush Signpost senior reporter The world is full of violence. It happens every day. Heated debates turn into fights, and sometimes weapons are pulled in defense orout of anger.The nation is divided on the topic of gun control. At Convocations Thursday, the debate was once again stirred up. Guest speakers, Dave Kopel, research director for the Independence Institute and Mike Beard, President of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, debated the subject at length. "People are concerned about guns and gun safety," Beard said. "I would like to see a Inside Post News: Fire in the dorms caused by candle. See page 3 Opinion: WSU football has a lot to offer everyone. See page 4 Outdoors: OIIV safety classes offered. See page 7 Arts & Entertainment: U2 cover band, Oct. 7 at Union Ballroom. See page 8 Sports: Pokey reveals players to watch for. See page 10 I'm worried about that man who buys a gun for self defense and then gets mad and shoots his wife. society with out guns. I support the Brady Bill. I'm just concerned about what the new laws will do to our society." Kopel said he was surprised that the Brady Bill was so popular."I think that it would be more trouble to be fingerprinted, licensed, have to wait for six months to get the licensee, than to just get rights approved," Kopel said. Self defense was also a question on the minds of the debaters. "I'm more worried about pri WSU debate team celebrates successful start Against universities across the west, WSU sets a high standard of competition By Caroline Lusby Signpost asst. news editor Weber State University's debate team recently had one of their best opening tournaments ever. Debate coach Michael Bryant said he believes it was just the beginning of a great year to come. The tournament was held over the weekend of Sept. 23 at University of Utah, with 20-30 teams from the Western and Rocky Mountain regions. WSU sent five two-partner teams to compete at the event, four of which ended up in the quarter finals. Of these teams, one team took third place, and another team won first place. Ten individual speaker awards were given at the event, six of which went to WSU competitors, Bryant said. Mike Beard 99 vate citizens with guns who have teens and young children, than I am about criminals," Beard said. "I'm worried about that man who buys a gun for self defense and then gets mad and shoots his wife." Beard also mentioned that homicide ra tes increase 2.7 times with Guns in the right threatening. They and reduce violence. The debate was inCross-Ex-amination Debate Association form, which requires extensive research and preparation. The main topic of debate was United States foreign policy regarding Mexico. The week before the competition, the competing debaters were on campus doing research and gathering evidence. Bryant said they organized over 2,000 pages of documentation. Bryant said he was particularly impressed with his team's performance, because he had originally anticipated the 1 995-96 school year to be a time of rebuilding for the team. Last year, WSU debaters won the national championsliip title in parliamentary debate. He expected new team members would need time to become seriouscompetitors. L XJL J - v j H - ' ' I In r w : .1. people who have hand guns in their homes. The suicide rate rises at least five times as much. He went on to say that the government would be smart to require citizens owning hand guns to turn them in, maybe even offering a tax deduction for their return. He said the government should make it a crime to carry a gun. "If we can't make cocaine illegal, what makes us think we can make guns illegal?" Kopel said. "Guns are so much easier and cheaper to produce and sell. To really control the black market, hands will not be will enhance safety Dave Kopel 99 "To have all these new people come out and do so well at the very first tournament of the year really excites us. It makes us think that there is a lot that we can accomplish," Bryant said. Assistant coach Nick Coburn-Palo is also pleasantly surprised by the team's achievements so far. Coburn-Palo was a debater on the WSU team last year, and won a national championship title. After Coburn-Palo graduated last spring, he now assists in the coaching of the team and teaches public speaking for the communication department. This year, the team consists of about 25 students. Over the course of the year, they will compete in 20-25 tournaments all over the country. Many of these students transferred from other major universities just to participate in the WSU A. Volume 58 Number 14 ERICA BUTLER THE SIGNPOST we'd have to restrict the sale of gun components." Beard continued by stating hand guns are the maininstru--ment of violence in our country today. He said hand gun deaths have gone up drastically in Utah in the last five years. "We have to do something to solve the root causes," Beard said. "Nothing can happen if we continue the sales of hand guns. We have to take seriously the future of the nation. Not doing anything will not create a safer society." "It's unrealistic to say that guns are never safe," Kopel said. "It is possible to have a sensible gun policy. Guns in the right hands can enhance See Guns page 2 debate program, Bryant said. Ten students were given instate scholarships to come debate for WSU. Bryant and Coburn-Palo said their goal for the team this year is to place four teams in the elimination stage of the national championships. Although WSU has never had this many teams reach the final stages of the national championships, Bryant believes it is an attainable goal. He said he hopes deba te can be a tool to bring national attention to WSU in the academic arena. "I think that Weber students, if they concentrate on something and work on something, are as capable in academic affairs as students at any other college in the United States," Bryant said.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1995-10-06, Vol. 58, No. 14|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University; A generous grant from the Utah State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|