SBCC student government will speak out against gun violence

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RACHEL BAKICH, Channels Staff

The Associated Student Government has decided to take action on gun violence after last month’s shooting at Umpqua Community College.

Senators will recognize the problem of on-campus gun violence at their annual General Assembly meeting on Nov.13. From there, they would like to continue the conversation on a legislative level, and have also decided to write a letter of condolences to Umpqua.

“I think it’s terrible that students are so affected by guns in this country,” said Bryanna Siguenza, vice president of external affairs.

She expressed the need for stricter gun control and would like to see people questioning buyers’ intentions before selling a gun.

“They buy like four hundred bullets for military ammo,” Siguenza said. “Why are they buying that and what are you going to use it for?”

Senators are only in the beginning stages of forming an effective voice to bring to California legislators. They plan on holding a discussion to formulate an opinion on gun violence that represents the entire senate.

“It’s a very dynamic topic,” said President Isaac Eaves. “We don’t know where we will stand or what exactly our action is.”

However, after the Isla Vista tragedy in May of 2014, all senators agree that something must be done about the rising death toll due to guns.

“I don’t know how many school shootings have happened in California,” Siguenza said. “But one has effected us.”

Before any stance can be reached on the matter, Eaves would like to hear from City College students.

“It’s a very touchy subject,”  he said. “I don’t want to do anything unless we have the students voice behind us.”

Further discussion will take place at the next student senate meeting at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in the Campus Center Room 223.