New York Times tackles gun control in first front page editorial in 95 years

In a rare move, the The New York Times ran a front page editorial Saturday tackling the subject of gun control following the horrific terror attack this week that left 14 people dead and 21 injured in San Bernardino, California.

The paper has not published a front page editorial since 1920 when it criticized Warren G. Harding’s nomination as the Republican presidential candidate that year.

“It has been many decades since The Times ran an editorial on Page One. We do so today 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,” NYT publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said in a statement sent to Mashable.

“Even in this digital age, the front page remains an incredibly strong and powerful way to surface issues that demand attention. And, what issue is more important than our nation’s failure to protect its citizens?”

The editorial, entitled “The Gun Epidemic,” was published online Friday night. It calls for stricter gun regulation and fewer platitudes from politicians following mass shootings.

“America’s elected leaders offer prayers for gun victims and then, callously and without fear of consequence, reject the most basic restrictions on weapons of mass killing, as they did on Thursday,” the editorial board wrote. “They distract us with arguments about the word terrorism. Let’s be clear: These spree killings are all, in their own ways, acts of terrorism.”

The online version of the editorial has already amassed hundreds of comments in response.