ONU Amnesty International Chapter members Zachary Wiles explains some of the group's causes to fellow student Abigail Buelsing from Cincinnati - Ada Herald
ONU Amnesty International Chapter members Zachary Wiles explains some of the group's causes to fellow student Abigail Buelsing from Cincinnati. (Ada Herald/Joe Schriner)

ADA — Amnesty International is a global movement of over 7 million people. ONU’s Zachary Wile is one of them.

The freshman, from Brunswick, Ohio, was at an Amnesty Table in McCafferty Hall explaining about the group and it’s causes earlier in the week.

Wiles said the ONU Amnesty Chapter is focusing on elimination of Detention Centers along the U.S. southern border.

He said that Mexico and Latin America, right now, are replete with political oppression and drug cartel violence. Precipitating factors that he believes allows for legitimate “asylum cases.”

Besides eliminating the Detention Centers, Wiles believes there should be Immigration Reform that streamlines, and expedites, the asylum claims process.

Another focus of the ONU Amnesty Chapter is gun violence.

Wiles said he believes that the escalation of gun violence in America is tied, in part, to the escalation of media entertainment forms of gun violence. What’s more, he said there is also an almost “cultural obsession” with guns.

Wiles has been a Boy Scout. He has both shotgun and riflery certifications. He said he understands, and respects, the importance of guns.

However, he would also like to see, as just one example, more thorough background checks as a criteria for purchasing guns. As he would like to see other common-sense gun laws.

And a gun law currently “in committee” in the Ohio House of Representatives, that Wiles believes isn’t common sense, nor does the Amnesty Chapter here in general, is House Bill 178, which would allow for “conceal carry” in the state – without permit, oversight or training.

Wiles is quite read up on the law because he is doing a paper on it for his Introduction to Health Policies class. And the ONU Amnesty Chapter is attempting to get petition signatures against the law’s passage.