Our sympathies go out to the families of the victims and to the entire Umpqua Community College during this most difficult time.
But sympathy isn’t enough anymore. We’ve faced far too many tragedies, and we need to look at how to stop the next one before it happens. It’s time for action.
Here are a few simple things you can do right now:
ACTION STEP – Hold our elected officials accountable.
Nine people died Thursday after a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College students and teachers. Let’s remember these people and commit to not allowing yet another shooting tragedy go by without holding ourselves and our elected officials responsible.
ACTION STEP– Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, and if you live in California, please sign our MoveOn petition to help enact a strong guns off campus bill into law by Oct 10th.
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- Sign our California petition in support of SB 707 (Guns off Campus)
In memory of the people killed at Umpqua Community College:
- Lucero Alcaraz, of Roseburg, 19
- Quinn Glen Cooper, of Roseburg, 18
- Lucas Eibel of Roseburg, 18
- Jason Johnson, of Winston, 33
- Lawrence Levine, of Glide, 67
- Sarena Dawn Moore, of Myrtle Creek, 44
- Treven Anspach, of Sutherlin, 20
- Rebecka Carnes, of Myrtle Creek, 18
- Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, of Roseburg, 59
Please take action today and share with a friend.
Thanks for all you do to keep our campuses safe.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2015
(Croton Falls, NY) Yesterday morning, 9 people were killed and another 9 injured during a shooting rampage on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus issued the following statement in connection with yesterday’s shooting.
“The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus first sends its deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and to the entire Umpqua Community College during this most difficult time. Another mass murder on a college campus cannot be met with continued inaction on the part of our state and federal officials. Our colleges and universities should be havens for learning, where students, faculty, staff and visitors should not need to worry about the threat of gun violence on their campuses.
In response to yesterday’s tragedies, the extreme pro-gun movement continues to push their irrational and extremist agenda of promoting the carrying of loaded, concealed handguns on college campus as a solution.
The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus has worked with university administrators, educators and students across the nation, none of which have called for the carrying of guns on campus as a solution to the deadly violence that continues to shatter our citadels of learning. The gun lobby would have us believe that weapons carried by students or faculty could prevent such tragedies. Yet, time and time again, in state after state, the American people have rejected this idea with the understanding that guns in the hands of students and faculty walking to and from classes only increase the opportunity for more violence, whether by accident or intent.
The Campaign To Keep Guns Off Campus adds its voice to the majority of Americans asking our leaders to, this time, take action by enacting common sense gun policies to reduce the violence that is plaguing our country with shocking regularity.”
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As we anticipated, legislation to force loaded, concealed handguns on Florida’s college campuses is being fast tracked, as both bills have already passed the first round of hearings. The next stop in both houses will be the Higher Education Committees. Marion Hammer and the gun lobby have made guns on campus their top priority and will stop at nothing to instill fear in the public.
We believe that HB 4001 / S.B. 68 pose a significant public safety risk to Florida’s college and university community, AND fails to address the substantial economic impact on tuition fees that will be required to implement this wrongheaded policy. There is a lot at stake, but with your help we can defeat these bills as we have before.
The vast majority of Florida’s students and faculty don’t want guns in their classrooms or other buildings on campus. We can defeat H.B. 4001 / S.B. 68, but will need your help to fight the powerful and well-resourced Florida gun lobby.
Please take action today.
We have a rare opportunity to be pro-active when it comes to campus safety by limiting who can carry loaded, concealed handguns on campus. The California Legislature has passed SB 707, and it is now on the Governor’s desk.
Currently, through a legal exemption, people with concealed weapons permits in California have been allowed to carry a weapon within 1,000 feet of K-12 schools and on the grounds of public and private colleges. SB 707 ends the exemption for carrying on campus (in most cases), and also makes it clear that school administrators can restrict who can carry a concealed weapon.
Since the gun lobby continues to push for concealed weapons on campus in many other states around the country, we need Gov. Brown to stand up for safe campuses and sign this bill.
UPDATE: The bill passed and now is on the Governor’s desk as of September 8th. Please call Governor Brown today (916) 445-2841
Currently, through a legal exemption, people with concealed weapons in California have been allowed to carry them within 1,000 feet of K-12 schools and on the grounds of public and private colleges. SB 707 ends the exemption for carrying on campus (in most cases), and also makes it clear that school administrators can restrict who can carry a concealed weapon.
SB 707 should become law, but need you to call Governor Brown today urging him to sign the bill to keep guns off campus. Call (916) 445-2841
This is a rare opportunity to fight for safe campuses, since the gun lobby continues to push for concealed weapons on campus in many other states around the country. Please call Gov. Brown today.
Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus Issues Statement on Campus Shootings and other Security Incidents Occurring over Last 48 Hours in U.S.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2015
(Croton Falls, NY) The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus issued the following statement in connection with a series of disturbing campus incidents (including one death) that have occurred over the last 48 hours.
“Over the course of the last two days we have seen one student killed inside the Student Union at Savannah State University in Georgia, two people shot in a dormitory parking lot at Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston and one student arrested for bringing a gun onto the campus of Northern Kentucky University.
We first want to offer our condolences to the family of Mr. Christopher Starks, a junior from the metro Atlanta area, and to the entire Savannah State University community during this most difficult time. While details are still emerging about this incident and the shooter is still at large, we do know that a young man’s life was taken too soon by another senseless act of gun violence. Mr. Starks now becomes part of the 33 other individuals who will lose their lives on a daily basis to gun homicide in America.
In another incident in Texas late Wednesday night, police say a suspect (a 20 year old student at Texas Southern University) has been accused of assault after two people were shot in a TSU dormitory parking lot. Police immediately responded to the incident. Fortunately, one victim was treated and released, while the second victim remains in critical condition.
The third incident took place at Northern Kentucky University where a female student brought a gun into the school’s library. Campus law enforcement was alerted and immediately responded to the scene and successfully resolved the situation. It was later determined that the gun was inoperable.
The gun lobby is now doubling down with this misguided mantra to support their extremist guns on campus agenda in Florida:
“The issue comes down to whether you support the right to carry on campus or whether you support rapists having free access to unarmed victims. It’s that simple.”
There was overwhelming opposition to identical campus carry bills that failed to make it to a floor vote earlier this year. But HB 4001 and SB 68 are the latest examples of gun lobby attempts to distort facts aimed at advancing their radicalized Guns Everywhere interpretation of the 2nd Amendment.
The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus believes that Florida’s higher education officials are most qualified to determine the safety requirements for their campuses, including restricting guns only to certified law enforcement officers. Data clearly shows that college campuses are much safer environments compared to their off-campus counterparts.1
We need your help to stop the gun lobby-backed bills that will allow loaded, concealed guns on all public campuses in Florida – anywhere – including dorms and mental health counseling centers.
Here’s how you can help!
SIGN OUR PETITION: Your opposition will be sent to Gov. Scott and your state representatives. In addition, as we did earlier this year, we will personally deliver copies of the petition to select elected officials.
With your help, we’re going to work with our coalition partners to stop HB 4001/SB 68 – just like we did earlier this year.
Thanks for all you do.
The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus issues statement in opposition to newly introduced guns on campus legislation in Florida
Florida HB 4001 and SB 68 would force loaded, concealed guns onto state college and university campuses
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 4, 2015 (Tallahassee, FL): In response to the introduction of HB 4001 sponsored by Rep. Greg Steube (R) Sarasota, and SB 68, sponsored by Sen. Greg Evers (R) Baker, the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus issued the following statement.
“The introduction of guns on campus legislation for the 2016 session by Rep. Stuebe and Sen. Evers is the second bite at the apple from the poisonious tree of gun proliferation by these legislators after their bills were rejected earlier this year. We again strongly oppose this legislation (HB 4001/SB 68), which would change current law and allow loaded, concealed handguns to be carried anywhere on Florida’s public university campuses including classrooms, dormitories, libraries, cafeterias, administrative offices and student health centers. Currently, Florida law gives the Board of Governors the authority to place reasonable restrictions on access to firearms within college-owned or controlled buildings and grounds (excluding parking lots).
Despite overwhelming opposition to identical bills filed in the 2015 session that failed to make it to a floor vote, this is the latest example of extremism and a radicalized interpretation of the 2nd Amendment by gun lobby backed legislators. This legislation is being introduced again against the tide of overwhelming opposition by all university presidents and campus law enforcement, United Faculty of Florida, Faculty Senates, Student Government Associations, campus student groups, the League of Women Voters of Florida, and community and faith leaders across the state.
College campuses are generally safe environments. Our colleges and universities should be havens for learning, where students, faculty, staff and visitors should not need to worry about the threat of gun violence on their campuses. The campus environment should be one where additional risks are not created, such as adding loaded, concealed handguns that can be carried by students, faculty and staff.
In closing, this legislation does nothing to promote safe campuses and, if signed into law, will also present a significant financial burden to all schools at an estimated cost of over $50 million dollars. Additional safety measures will be required to be implemented that include more campus police, new training and the purchase of new security equipment. Florida’s higher education officials are the ones most qualified to determine the safety requirements for their campus, including restricting guns only to certified law enforcement officers.”
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Campaign Issues Statement After Today’s Hearing Before The Florida 1st District Court of Appeals (Florida Carry v. University of Florida)
Campaign hopeful that 1st District Court of Appeals will uphold lower court’s decision
allowing colleges and universities to prohibit firearms in all campus housing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2015
Tallahassee, FL: Earlier today the 1st District Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the case (Florida Carry, Inc. vs. University of Florida, Case # 1D14-4614) filed by Florida Carry, which puts forth the proposition that people have a legal right to possess firearms in university housing. An Alachua County circuit judge last year sided with the University of Florida in rejecting claims brought by the gun rights group.
The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus issued the following statement in connection with Florida Carry’s lawsuit:
As many Floridians know, for the last few years, the Florida gun lobby has actively sought to force colleges and universities to allow the carrying of loaded, concealed firearms on campus via a two-pronged attack through the legislature and the courts. Earlier this year, after much public opposition, legislation to force concealed firearms on campuses across the state failed to come to the House or Senate floor for a vote, despite moving rapidly through committee hearings. The second line of attack included the courts, where Florida Carry saw initial success in forcing colleges to allow concealed weapons permit holders to store their guns in locked cars in campus parking lots (Florida Carry vs. University of North Florida). Florida Carry then doubled-down by suing the University of Florida claiming that the state and federal constitution, along with Florida state law equates university housing with one’s own home. The Alachua County circuit court found for the University and earlier today the 1st District Court of Appeals heard Florida Carry’s appeal.
We believe that the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida has the legal authority, among other things, to regulate campus safety, which includes prohibiting all firearms on campus. In addition, we do not believe that the Supreme Court’s decision in Heller, though stating that the 2nd Amendment protects the possession of firearms for self-defense within the traditional home, extends to the dorm room (or university housing). In fact, the Supreme Court specifically stated its decision should not call into constitutional question longstanding bans on firearms in schools – bans that have always extended to dorms.
For these reasons, along with preserving public safety and decreasing risk to students, faculty, staff and visitors, we trust that the Court will uphold the Circuit Court’s decision and not allow for firearms to be carried and/or stored in university housing.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 31, 2015
Austin, TX: After both Houses of the Texas Legislature passed a revised version of guns on campus legislation, The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus released the following statement.
Statement from Andy Pelosi, executive director of the Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus and Julie Gavran, Western Director:
Andy Pelosi, stated, “This is the fourth legislative session that we have advocated in Texas for safe campus communities that exclude loaded, concealed weapons. We find it disheartening that many in the legislature continue to turn a deaf ear to the wishes of higher education officials, faculty, students, parents and campus law enforcement, who together made it crystal clear that they didn’t want guns on college campuses. With that said, we are not surprised in the least that the majority of the members in the legislature put the interests of the gun lobby ahead of the interests of higher education and students (our greatest asset). We do not view this bill as a win in any form and while it does provide some ability for college presidents to designate certain areas as free from concealed weapons, these designations are subject to a two-thirds approval vote by the Board of Regents, who members are political appointees and if no agreement is reached, by review of the legislature. On top of that, college presidents will have to renew their requests for concealed weapons-free zones on a bi-annual basis, yet another roadblock placed by the gun lobby saturated legislature. Even though this bill didn’t go our way, we do want to thank the thousands of Texas advocates who worked tirelessly, not just this year, but over the years to keep campuses safe and to thank the courageous legislators in both houses who fought until the last hour to stop campus carry.”
Julie Gavran, also mentioned, “Texas has some of the top research institutions in the nation with tenured faculty who are in a position to move to other top research institutions out of state. The legislators were more concerned with CHL rights rather than the quality of research and education that the state provides. With respect to “CHL rights”, when questioned on the floor by concerned Representatives, SB11 sponsor Allen Fletcher announced: ‘I am doing this to protect the CHL holders.’ This total disregard of the voice and concerns of the campus community is an insult to the State of Texas. Finally, there were many legislators in both chambers who worked tirelessly with us to try to stop this bill, and I would like to thank all of them.”
The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus was founded in 2008 to urge colleges and universities to band together to oppose the gun lobby’s agenda to push guns onto college campuses. To date, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and more than 420 colleges and universities in 42 states have joined the Campaign. Follow us on Facebook or on Twitter at@KeepGunsoffCamp
Contact: Julie Gavran, Western Director, email@example.com
Andy Pelosi, Executive Director (914-629-6726), firstname.lastname@example.org