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More and more Illinoisans are becoming eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, with appointments opening up to all residents over 16 on April 12, but are some people being left behind? Sun-Times reader Jeffrey Mark, who is in the 65 and up group, might soon be competing with millions of others for a vaccine appointment. In one of our Letters to the Editor, he writes about how the reality of vaccine accessibility doesn’t match what he’s hearing from officials.
After facing weeks of pressure, the Biden administration has finally released images from inside two Texas detention centers where unaccompanied children are being held. In Commentary, columnist S.E. Cupp writes that how we got here is complicated, but irrelevant if you’re one of these kids stuck in country-less, parent-less limbo. What they need is for someone to solve the problem.
And in today’s lead editorial, we reflect on the deadly gun violence our country recently experienced in Georgia and Colorado. Enough is enough. The Editorial Board writes that, for America to change, we need a comprehensive package of data-supported laws to reduce gun violence.
— Ismael Pérez, editorial board member

A mourner visits the location where a gunman opened fire at a King Sooper’s grocery store on Monday in Boulder, Colorado. Ten people were killed in the attack. Chet Strange/Getty Images
A mourner visits the location where a gunman opened fire at a King Sooper’s grocery store on Monday in Boulder, Colorado. Ten people were killed in the attack. Chet Strange/Getty Images
America can change.
Lives can be saved.
Relentless gun carnage can be stopped.
It can happen.
Many of us have lived long enough to remember a time when few could imagine people would routinely buckle up in seat belts. Or that drunken drivers would no longer joke about taking the wheel after over-imbibing. Or that smokers wouldn’t puff away wherever and whenever they felt like it.
Yet America changed, just as it did at earlier times in its history when it roused itself to make other important reforms.
It wasn’t easy. It took Herculean efforts by countless individuals over many years to persuade the majority of Americans a better way was possible and to insist on changing the rules.
Now, we must redouble our efforts to create an America where people are safe from gun violence. Where loved ones are not snatched away in a blaze of gunfire. Where children are not killed in their homes by stray bullets. Where entire communities don’t live with the constant fear of where the shooting will happen next. Where flags are not lowered to half-staff after one mass shooting, just after they were raised from the previous one.
Just a week before Monday’s mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, in which the alleged gunman used an assault-style weapon to kill 10 people, including a police officer, a judge in a lawsuit brought by the NRA blocked Boulder from enforcing its ban on assault-style weapons. The gunman allegedly bought his assault-style weapon just six days before the shooting. In Georgia, the alleged gunman bought his 9mm handgun on the same day of the shootings.
Stricter gun laws could have prevented these shootings.
The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board is the opinion voice of the hardest-working newspaper in America. It is headed by editorial page editor Tom McNamee and includes Thomas FrisbieLorraine ForteLee BeyIsmael Pérez and Mary Mitchell as members.
What others have to say
S.E. Cupp on unaccompanied minors at detention centers:
“Those children don’t care about our politics. And they can’t wait for our parties to stop blaming each other. They need a president to finally help solve this problem.”
Politics aside, a humane plan is needed now for migrant children alone at the border
Loretto board can’t afford to duck its responsibility to hold wayward execs accountable
More editorials we published this week
About that magical commission that would solve Chicago’s policing problems
Here’s to ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ for Chicago hotels and restaurants socked by COVID-19 restrictions
In your words
“There are others in this 1B category who have received no access to the vaccine. The reality of the situation makes the claims by our health departments and their statistics highly questionable.”
— Jeffrey Mark, Uptown
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