Sign our new Florida petition opposing open (and concealed) carry in K-12 and college campuses in Florida
I oppose SB 140 (and similar legislation), which would allow the open carrying of loaded handguns nearly anywhere on Florida’s public university and community college campuses, on K-12 public school grounds, within public areas in airports, and inside county and municipal government buildings (including Legislative hearings).
Allowing non-law enforcement personnel to openly carry loaded handguns on college campuses, K-12 public schools, airports and county and municipal buildings will only create an unsafe and volatile environment for all Floridians.
Together, we have stopped the gun lobby in the past. As we begin a new legislative session, your help is needed to secure a safer Florida.
Help us stop SB 140 and similar legislation (like HB6005, which will allow concealed handguns on campus).
Please sign this petition and share with friends. We will deliver all signatures to lawmakers in Tallahassee.
Below is a letter from faculty at Valdosta State University urging Governor Deal to Veto Guns on Campus
Dear Governor Deal:
We have taught within the University System of Georgia for many years, and the thought that we may soon have to allow guns into our classrooms and offices is profoundly distressing.
Our campus, like all around the state, is abuzz with thousands of students from different backgrounds and with varying levels of maturity. Many are away from home for the first time and they are eager to explore life while working on their degrees.
We regularly welcome hundreds of students from local elementary, middle and high schools who visit our campus planetarium or tour our Biology-Chemistry research center and other sites of interest at Valdosta State University.
Through the years we all have confronted situations where students have experienced an emotional crisis exacerbated by the use of drugs or alcohol, a troubled personal relationship, or the stress of final exams and the resulting fear of losing their HOPE Scholarship.
As educational professionals, we know that a thriving academic environment depends on its ability to freely debate topics which may be considered “hot-button-issues” without having to first consider whether or not one’s viewpoint may trigger an unexpected and possibly violent response.
Lastly, what sense does it make to outlaw smoking on our campuses “for the health of our residents, employees and visitors” when we then turn around and allow guns?
Introducing lethal weaponry into places of learning and maturing will not make us safer, and we stand with a majority of Georgians – especially our students, colleagues and campus police chiefs – and call on Governor Deal to VETO guns on campus.
Thomas Hochschild, PhD, Sociology, Valdosta State University
Michael G. Noll, PhD, Geosciences, Valdosta State University
Matthew Richard, PhD, Anthropology, Valdosta State University
Aristotelis Santas, PhD, Philosophy, Valdosta State University
Cristobal Serrán-Pagán y Fuentes, PhD, Religious Studies, Valdosta State University
Sign our National Petition – “Concealed Handguns Do Not Belong on College Campuses and K-12 Schools”
Nine people died and another nine were injured on Thursday, October 1st after a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR.
Our nation’s colleges, universities and K-12 schools should be safe havens for learning and growth, where students, faculty, staff and visitors need not worry about the threat of gun violence on their campuses.
We call on our federal elected representatives to make it more difficult for people to carry concealed weapons on our campuses across the country. The answer to our gun violence problem is not the introduction of more weapons.
The Michigan State Senate Judiciary Committee approved SB 442 by a vote of 4-1 on Oct 13th. This bill could be voted on by the full Senate at anytime.
If enacted, SB 442 will allow the carrying of loaded,concealed handguns in ALL concealed carry free zones: schools, day care centers, bars, stadiums, entertainment venues with seating over 2,500, places of worship, hospitals, and dorms and classrooms at universities and community colleges. Law Enforcement officers and security employees should be the ONLY ones with firearms in these venues.
If you believe, like we do, that people should be able to visit public places like our K-12 schools, colleges, houses of worship, sports arenas, day care centers and hospitals without the fear of others carrying weapons, please contact your Senator today and ask them to STOP this dangerous legislation!
Tell your State Senator that you oppose SB442 (guns in public places). Click here: TAKE ACTION >>
Thanks for taking action.
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.
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.