The New York Times just published its first front-page editorial since 1920 -- and it's slamming gun violence in America

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For the first time since 1920, The New York Times has published an op-ed on its front page.

The editorial titled, "The Gun Epidemic" takes aim at gun control in the US, a topic that has frequently become front-of-mind nationally, amid a sharp rise in mass shootings this year.

In the piece, The Times' editorial board writes: "It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency."

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The op-ed, set to be published Saturday, comes days after a husband and wife opened fire at a social services agency in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people and wounding 21 others.

Critics have often slammed US lawmakers for a number of failings surrounding the issue -- including the lack of consensus on how to limit access to certain types of weapons.

The article goes on to classify some firearms as "weapons of war, " and implicates the weapons industry for marketing guns "as tools of macho vigilantism and even insurrection."

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The editorial board then launches into a strongly worded rebuke of US politicians, who offer thoughts and prayers for victims of gun violence, "and then, callously and without fear of consequence, reject the most basic restrictions on weapons of mass killing."

So far in 2015, there have been more than 350 mass shootings in the US -- more shootings than days in the year, so far.

Writers accuse lawmakers of "distracting us with arguments about the word terrorism," and says that mass shootings "are all, in their own ways, acts of terrorism."

Politicians in the US have been taken to task about the lack of progress toward stricter gun laws. President Obama notably vented his frustration on the matter after the Umpqua Community College shooting in October this year, in which eight students and a teacher were killed.

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The New York Times just published its first front-page editorial since 1920 -- and it's slamming gun violence in America
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 10: Yvonne Crasso, holds a picture of her sister Nina Michele Bradley, who was killed by a gun at age 23 in 2012, during a rally on the East Front lawn of the Capitol to demand that Congress take action on gun control legislation, September 10, 2015. Ashley Cech, whose mother Yvonne Cech, a librarian, survived the Sandy Hook shootings, appears with Crasso. The event, titled #Whateverittakes Day of Action, was hosted by Everytown for Gun Safety and featured speeches by political leaders and families of gun violence victims. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: Miyoshia Bailey cries as she describes how her only son, Cortez Bailey, 23, was shot to death in Chicago, Illinois, during a press conference, on Capitol Hill on December 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The conference featured supporters of gun control and family members of gun violence victims. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
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During a press conference hours after the shooting that day, Obama said "This is something we should politicize. It is relevant to our common life together."

The Times concedes a point often declared by gun-control opponents — that tougher gun laws won't stop "determined killers" from acquiring weapons.

But, the newspaper then points to other countries, like Norway, France and England, that have taken steps toward limiting access to guns, and slams the US for largely failing to do the same.

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