The Globe’s Point – Gun violence affects all

Written By Globe Editorial Staff

This past Monday might have begun like any other Monday for some of us. This Monday marked the tenth week of the semester, so we are well adapted to our usual routine at this point.

This wasn’t the case in Utrecht, the Netherlands on Monday morning. This wasn’t the case in Christchurch, New Zealand last Friday.

This wasn’t the case in our very own backyard on Oct. 27, 2018, when a gunman killed 11 people and injured seven more at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

These are three separate incidents that all have various impacts to every single person reading The Globe this week, and the latter is a clear incident that hits closer to home.

Journalism professors preach the seven news determinants: timeliness, proximity, impact, prominence, relevance, novelty and human interest. Proximity is the reason students at Point Park University in Downtown Pittsburgh recognize the Tree of Life tragedy over the other incidents mentioned earlier.

We may forget our university’s students represent 49 states and 33 countries as of the fall 2018 semester. Proximity value to a Pennsylvania or Pittsburgh resident is far from the proximity value to Point Park’s non-residential and international students.

For example, the Utrecht shooting that left three dead struck a chord with a number of student-athletes who call the city or the Netherlands home.

However, we certainly did not see as much media coverage as we did about the larger-scale massacre in New Zealand or other tragedies in the United States. The Utrecht incident affected students, and we should be there in some capacity for those students.

We at The Globe do not wish to shove our views on gun violence or gun control down our readers’ throats, but we do hope our readers remain informed of news happening within and outside of our campus community.

Whether an act of violence includes three deaths or 50 deaths or strikes locally, nationally or internationally, it remains important to be as knowledgeable as possible considering we have global information at our fingertips.

As a university community, let’s stay informed and let’s stay sensitive to incidents like these. Even as a smaller private university, there’s no way we could know the ties that any given student could have to such a horrific event.