Miriam Remmers • guest writer

Senate Blocks New Gun Control Measures

The beginning of a bipartisan compromise on new gun control legislature was defeated in the Senate this Wednesday. The defeated measures would have increased background checks for gun buyers and banned high-capacity gun magazines and assault rifles. The bill fell to a filibuster, lacking the 60 supporting votes that would have overridden the filibuster. In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary and Newton shootings, many politicians, including President Obama, have made increasing gun safety one of their highest priorities. Instead of altering the bill, and thus removing substantial portions of the proposed new restrictions, Senate leaders have chosen to put it on hold for the time being.

Iran Shaken By 7.8-Magnitude Earthquake

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook southeastern Iran on Tuesday. The quake, which experts initially feared would take thousands of lives, now appears to have been relatively benign, as it began about 50 miles underground, rendering the tremors less devastating to those above it. Fortunately, the earthquake was also centered in a sparsely populated, rural area, although it was felt throughout may of the countries on the Persian Gulf. The area is home to roughly two million people, concentrated primarily in the cities of Zahedan, Saravan and Khash. Authorities in all three of these cities have indicated that they do not expect casualties to be high, although several villages in the area were damaged by the quake. This prediction stands in a positive contrast to the 6.1-magnitude earthquake Iran experienced last week, which took the lives of at least 30 people.

Margaret Thatcher Passes Away at 87

Margaret Thatcher, known as the Iron Lady, passed away from a stroke last week at 87 years old. Thatcher is the only woman to have ever been British Prime Minister, an office she held for 11 years. Although Thatcher suffered from dementia in her later years, she was a ruthless, combative political force during her time in the British government. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, were notable in their attendance, as the Queen has not attended the funeral of a Prime Minister since that of Winston Churchill in 1965. There was some concern regarding the security of the funeral after the bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday, but Wednesday’s ceremonies were completed with only a few disturbances.

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