With the continued flood of shootings in the news (including the latest school shooting in Oregon) and the lack of a national solution for gun violence, it’s hard to believe that we are making progress. But we do have some good news to report!
So far this year we helped block a campus carry bill in Georgia, and just over a month ago, we helped defeat another bill in Alaska! The danger has passed in places like Arizona, Indiana, Wyoming and Oklahoma, because their legislatures have recessed for the year. Unfortunately, we had a major loss in Idaho this spring — but it was not because of our efforts. We assisted groups on the ground and helped organize faculty, students, staff and even the Idaho’s Chiefs of Police Association to fight as a coalition – one unified voice against campus carry. We lost because we simply could not keep up with the spending power of the gun lobby.
Now we’re going on the offensive. In Texas, we are beginning to lay the ground work in anticipation for a 4th round of “guns on campus” in the 184th legislature starting in Jan. 2015. Based on past experiences in places like Georgia and Arizona, we know that early organizing makes a difference.
Because we are a small organization, we are presented with certain challenges when it comes to building coalitions on the ground in these important states. This is where we need your help.
We couldn’t have made it this far without you. Thousands of people rose up in Idaho, Alaska and Georgia to speak out against guns on campus bills, and we’ll keep fighting to stop the next ones. Your support will help us continue to protect our students, faculty, and staff from dangerous legislation that will compromise the public safety of our campus communities.
Will you chip in $5 today to continue our fight? We don’t have the gun lobby or the gun manufacturers to back us, we have people, like you, who want a gun violence free society and we are depending on you.
Safe Campus Colorado and The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus believe gun violence prevention is one of the major public safety issues of our time. We also believe that all of Colorado’s citizens have the right to live free from the fear and tragic after-effects of gun violence.
Colorado is one of only a few states in the nation that allow concealed guns to be carried on Colorado’s great university, college and community college campuses, posing a threat to the safety of students, faculty, staff and administrators.
NOV. 2014 BALLOT INITIATIVE
Safe Campus Colorado is working to revise Colorado law to add public colleges and universities to the list of exceptions in current law: no concealed weapons may be carried onto elementary, middle, and high school campuses. Colleges and universities will be added under the Safe Campus Colorado statutory initiative – your help is needed right away.
Can you help us raise awareness about the November ballot initiative and help us send a strong message in Colorado and around the country that guns don’t belong on campuses?
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Again, thank you for your support!
On Wednesday, Gov. Deal signed the “Guns Everywhere” bill. This outrageous piece of legislation by gun lobby-backed lawmakers will allow loaded, concealed handguns into K-12 schools, bars, airports, public libraries AND even give convicted felons immunity from prosecution under Georgia’s Stand Your Ground laws. Find out who voted in favor of HB 60 in the Georgia House and Senate.1 The results may surprise you.
“This is a sad day for Georgia. This is not a day to celebrate. It’s a day that will put all of Georgia at risk,” said Kathryn Grant with the Gun Sense Coalition and the Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus that opposed the law.
We did it! Thanks to your work, this bill is defeated in the Senate! Senate Bill 176 sponsor Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, said on Tuesday that with less than a week before the end of session he told the Senate Finance Committee, where the bill sits, not to take up the bill.
The bill heard mostly criticism from University of Alaska students, professors and officials, with concerns ranging from increased risk of suicide and violence to concern about accidental and negligent discharges.
On 7th Anniversary of the Virginia Tech Tragedy, Campus Campaign Continues Fight to Keep Guns Off College Campuses
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(Croton Falls, NY) Today, we acknowledge the victims and survivors of the Virginia Tech tragedy, the deadliest college shooting in American history, killing 32 people and injuring 17 individuals and renew the call to keep loaded, concealed weapons off Americas’ college and university campuses.
The overwhelming majority of the 4,400 colleges and universities in the United States prohibit the carrying of firearms on their campuses. These gun-free policies have helped to make our post-secondary education institutions some of the safest places in the country.
Despite the success of these gun-free policies, an increasingly extreme pro-gun movement in the United States continues to promote legislation and litigation to force colleges and universities to allow concealed guns on campus. As a result, schools in Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin have now been forced in different ways to allow the carrying of firearms on their premises (i.e. campus grounds, classrooms, dormitories, or parking lots).
Said Andy Pelosi, director of The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus, “On this solemn day, we pay our respects to the families of the victims and survivors of the Virginia Tech massacre. We also renew the call for our society to push back against the gun lobby’s agenda of forcing colleges and universities to accept loaded, concealed handguns on campus. In 2014, at least eight states have introduced legislation that would force guns on college campuses. As of today, bills have been defeated in most of these states, mostly notably in Georgia for the third year in a row. In addition, schools in Arkansas are again voting to opt out of the law that would permit faculty to carry on campus. The one major setback occurred in Idaho, where despite major opposition from higher education leaders, students, faculty and law enforcement, the gun lobby’s effort to force loaded, concealed handguns won. If we are serious about providing safe campus environments for students, faculty and staff, we should identify ways to reduce risk – not increase it by allowing the presence of loaded, concealed weapons.Read More»