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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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Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus Issues Statement on Campus Shootings and other Security Incidents Occurring over Last 48 Hours in U.S.
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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 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
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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
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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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Statement by the The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus on the massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston
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June 18, 2015
North Salem, NY – Andy Pelosi, executive director of The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus stated:
“Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of this massacre during what is a most difficult time. We are horrified and saddened by this deliberate act of violence by an armed individual that took the lives of nine people last night in a place of peace. No person should have to fear for one’s life when attending a service in a house of worship. Let us honor the victims of last night’s tragedy by committing to work together towards sound solutions to reduce gun violence in our nation, which do not include the proliferation of firearms.”
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