Las Vegas massacre reminds the country how its apathy towards gun reform is at fault

After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, we offered prayers, blood donations, moments of silence, health outreach  — all of which lead to a stunned nation that is mourning yet again after a preventable event. This country doesn’t need a “deadliest mass shooting” year after year. It doesn’t need more Stephen Paddocks killing countless and injuring hundreds of people. It doesn’t need a growing collection of high-powered rifles inflicting traumatic memories on the living and leaving tragic endings for the dead. Today, this country needs political leaders with enough common sense and empathy to begin the process of removing semi-automatic and automatic weapons from the hands of civilians. The average citizen doesn’t need an AK-47 or an M16; if it were up to me, guns would be restricted to the absolute. Realistically, I know that’s beyond possible; however, there can be and needs to be regulations on the types of weapons that are allowed to be purchased — specifically, semi-automatics. Neither the arguments of self-defense nor hunting allow validity in owning weapons used by terrorists. Yet, we’re told by Republicans this isn’t the time or place. A mass shooting isn’t an appropriate time to discuss the effects of gun violence.

LBSU women’s tennis starts off their season at the UNLV tournament

The Long Beach State women’s tennis team dominated its competition last season under head coach Jenny Hilt-Costello, and they look more than prepared to do the same this season. After finishing with an overall record of 17-6, including a 6-2 record in the Big West Conference, LBSU made it into the Big West Tournament where they were eliminated by UC Santa Barbara in the second round last season. Riddled with injuries throughout the season, the team never reached its full potential, an issue addressed by deepening the roster this year, according to Hilt-Costello. “I’m really excited about this season, we’ve got five new freshman, so there’s a whole new energy on this team right now,”  Hilt-Costello said. “We’ve got a lot of talent; I think this is the most depth we’ve had in our lineup in the last two to three years.” LBSU will be hitting off the semester with the UNLV tournament in Las Vegas on Friday that will last until Sunday. Hilt-Costello wishes to assess her roster’s capabilities, and identify any areas for improvement in the team’s first tournament of the season. Some of the key matchups this season for LBSU are against Hawai’i (Feb. 10) and UC

LBSU cross country does not impress at UC Riverside Invitational

The Long Beach State cross country program got off to a great start in the first event last week, but were not able to carry the momentum into Saturday’s meet. The women’s team finished 16th with 492 points, and the men’s team placed 22nd with 575 points at the UC Riverside Invitational in Riverside. Both the men’s and women’s team faced tracks that were much longer than the first meet, as the women jumped from a 4,000-meter course to a 6,000-meters, and the men went from 5,000 to 8,000 meters. Junior Mikayla Florez led the women to a team win at the Pepperdine Invitational on Sept. 1 thanks to her first place finish among a field of 44 runners. Florez had the best time on her team again (21:28.0) and was the 56th runner to cross the finish line. The reigning Big West cross country athlete of the week will try to put the disappointing finish behind her and return to winning form. The top women’s time was turned in by UC Santa Barbara runner Jenna Hinkle at 19:59.8 while Arkansas made the long trip to southern California well worth it, with a dominating 36-point team victory. On the men’s