The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, December 09, 1998, Page 4, Image 4
j EDITOR Erin Gibson OPINION EDITOR CUff Hicks EDITORIAL BOARD Nancy Christensen Brad Davis Sam McKewon Jeff Randall Bret Schulte • Our VIEW Decision time Supreme Court needs to settle gun debate Got guns? A new system began last Monday that would allow Americans to buy a gun right away, no waiting involved, because the background check would take place almost instantaneously. The second phase of the Brady Bill, making thorough background checks necessary, began Nov. 30. Laws have come up regarding assault weapons and concealed weapons. People have debated them. Some of them have passed, some of them have failed. And so far, the Supreme Court hasn’t said anything. It’s time the Supreme Court takes a long hard look at the Second Amendment. Most people know it gives people “the right to keep and bear arms,” but what does it really mean? That’s a question the Supreme Court should have answered a long time ago. Every tew decades, a law comes up that seems to conflict with the Constitution. Eventually, it is challenged and brought all the way to the Supreme Court, which makes the final decision. As of late, however, the Supreme Court has avoided dealing with the Second Amendment. ' When the right to freedom of speech was challenged, the Supreme Court had no hesitation in passing judgment. Just ask u: Larry FlynJ. .-rorj The Supreme Court has an obligation to deal with legal issues as they arise. Just because the two opposing forces have a lot of influence doesn’t mean the issue can be avoided. The court’s hesitation is understandable, of course. The National Rifle Association has a lot of financial power to flex. Gun supporters are very vocal. That doesn’t necessarily make them right or wrong, though. The U.S. Constitution was left open ended so it could be interpreted as time changed. It wasn’t written with ground rules set in stone, but more as a collection of guidelines to help keep the United States on track. It’s the job of the Supreme Court to do that interpretation. It has the final word when it comes to determining the current interpretation of the Constitution. But for it to interpret the Constitution, it has to hear the cases around the issue. It can’t pass over cases that could hold long term impacts on not only the Americans of today, but the Americans of the next several generations. Now is the time for a new interpretation. No more avoiding the showdown. The NRA vs. the Brady Bill. The right to bear arms vs. the right to not be shot. Let the court decide. Editorial Policy Unsigned editorials are the opinions of the Fall 1998 Daily Nebraskan. They do . not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, its employees, its student body or the Ureveisity of Nebraska Board of Regents. Acoiumn is solely the opinion of its author. 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E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. - - Mook’s VIEW * * tui? niu.sem gnHtoniwm, mww«fj “—i iiPjL~ crBBR^ ___ <d* mm -- -tteBACft> .-/ DN LETTERS Finding the right roles I appreciated Adam Klinker’s col umn (“Male-order pride,” Tuesday) about the difficulties men are experi encing as they strive to define them selves. As women’s roles continue to expand, it is apparent that men who define “masculinity” as “anything not feminine” will find their identity shrinking. I propose that instead of con tinuing to define our differences as a “war between the sexes,” we declare a partnership and vow to help each other defme relationships and roles that are healthy and positive for all of us. I will facilitate a gender issues dis cussion group next semester through the Women’s Center. If you are explor ing the kinds of questions Adam wrote about, I hope you’ll consider participat ing. Jan Deeds assistant director Student Involvement Right on, Rutgers! It is amusing and somewhat ironic that Tony Smith (“Rutgers 0000,” Tuesday) accuses Rutgers 1000 of not doing its research when he obviouslv hasn’t done his own. Suspecting misinformation, I went to Rutgers’ home page: http://mem bers.aol.com/rutglOOO/colonial.htm. Rutgers 1000 is not at all against collegiate athletics, as Mr. Smith expertly asserts; they are against involvement in the IA division. They want Rutgers to be part of a non-athlet ic scholarship division, namely the Patriot League or some other IAA divi sion conference. They want athletics to be at an appropriate level. They don’t want to eliminate it Mr. Smith thinks academics come first here at UNL. I disagree. When I work during the summers and tell fact, three, and also an orchestra, which is like a band, only with stringed instru ments.) Or, you can look at our own DN, which offers maybe one story of nation al importance every day, and then two pages of local drivel and two, three, sometimes four pages of sports. If the DN caters to student’s interests, what does this tell us about the students? Or even look at the way Mr. Smith refers to himself—as a track athlete who goes to school here. Does he mention he is a geography student? Nope. Mr. Smith thinks the university doesn’t make it easy and there exists a dedication to Excellence. I’m sorry, sport, but this isn’t true. Need I mention my CSCE 230 class, which, after the first exam this semester, put the profes sor on a public trial because he gave a question on the test he didn’t explicitly cover in class (Gasp - the students had to THINK!). Or, perhaps, my 400-level math logic course, where the professor felt it necessary to slow down the rate he covered material because the students weren’t “getting it.” Or, peihaps, my CSCE 156 course, where the professor had to adjust his grading scale TWICE so less man nan me class vvouiu ran. These were all great professors. It’s just that academic rigor is lacking. While I don’t necessarily agree with Rutgers 1000 that professional sports programs and lower academic stan dards are causally related, I do think there is a correlation. Maybe if the state weren’t so focused on the Huskers and the absurd trips to children’s hospitals and other PR events, they would be a bit concerned we’re pumping out a bunch of students who don’t give a #damn about learning anything. So why, you may ask, am I / ; still here? Because I want to start a tradition of excellence. Doing so will make it harder for me, I know. I might actu ally have to start studying and maybe even drop a major, but I think it can be worth it And then maybe we won’t be so concerned about those skyboxes that cast a shadow over the university. Jacob Glazes ki junior music and math Shame on you... I was disappointed to read in the Tuesday DN that someone would stoop so low as to steal a Christmas tree by going out and cutting one down on the UNL campus. That disappointment turned to infuriation, however, when I went on to read that the culprits were two UNL fraternity boys. Even more insulting was the response of Chi Phi’s President Jason Hardy when he had the gumption to say the fraternity did not give permission for such an action. Yeah right How stu pid do you take the general student body to be, Jason? How can a tree just appear in your house, and you, the president, have no way ofknowing how it got there or where it came from? If anyone is stu pid, it is he members of your fraternity for what appears to be the second time police were led right to your front door. It frustrates me that the university allows actions such as these to happen with little or no punishment Fraternities break into and destroy the property of sororities, and they are still here. Fraternities get caught with minors drinking on their property, and they are still here. There are secret racist greek societies, and they are still here. Fraternity boys fall out of win dows because of hazing, and they are still here. Fraternities are caught burn ing crosses, and they are still here. And now a fraternity gets caught cutting down a tree on campus, and it is still here. When is it going to be enough to make the university realize the greek system needs to be either altered or done away with entirely? r Jason, your fraternity reflects J O poorly on the character of the uni y/ versity. The student body doesn’t want or need you or your house. Your fraternity’s actions are just another example in the already too long list of reasons why the univer sity should do away with you, your fraternity and the entire greek system. . Ben Wolfe MattHaney/DN .2.V* '***.,/*-«. ’• -ri'i.