- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 5, 2015

For the first time since 1920, The New York Times published an editorial on its front page on Saturday calling for more gun control in the wake of a spate of mass shootings. 

The move is largely unprecedented. The last time the newspaper ran an editorial on its front page was to criticize the nomination of Warren G. Harding for the presidency by the Republican party — Harding won that election.

Even during World War II, the Watergate scandal and the 9/11 attacks the newspaper did not run a front page editorial. 

The editorial, headlined “The Gun Epidemic,” claims is it a “moral outrage and a national disgrace that people can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill with brutal speed and efficiency.” It suggests drastically reducing the number of firearms, and “eliminating some large categories of weapons and ammunition.”

It also argues that it is “not necessary to debate the peculiar wording of the Second Amendment,” saying “No right is unlimited and immune from reasonable regulation.”

Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher for the Times said in a statement that the newspaper made the decision to run the editorial on its front page “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.”


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