America’s colleges and universities are under attack from the gun lobby. Following mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 (32 students and faculty killed and 15 wounded) and Northern Illinois University in 2008 (5 students killed and 16 wounded), the gun lobby’s response was to call for state legislation that would prohibit colleges and universities from adopting policies that regulate firearms on campus. The gun lobby’s proposed legislation would preempt an academic institution’s current policies restricting firearms on campus and allow students to possess and carry concealed handguns – in classrooms, at sporting events, and other school activities – and to keep guns in their dormitory rooms.
The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus is writing to colleges and universities across the country to alert them of the threat and to urge them to band together to oppose the gun lobby’s agenda to push guns into college campuses. The letter asks college and university presidents to sign onto a resolution that opposes legislation that would mandate that colleges and universities allow students to carry concealed handguns on campus. The list of colleges and universities signing the resolution is being provided to lawmakers in states where legislation is pending as a way of showing the educational community’s opposition to such legislation.
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Updates and Alerts About the Campaign
- February 15, 2010 Alabama - Campaign releases statement on Alabama-Huntsville shootings
- June 1, 2009 Texas - State Legislature recesses for the year without passing guns on campus legislation in the House (bill did pass in Senate)
- May 29, 2009 Louisiana - House of Representatives votes 86-18 to reject guns on campus legislation (HB 27).
- April 29, 2009 the Campaign co-hosted a Press Conference in Jefferson City, Missouri, with Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education, Colin Goddard, VA Tech survivor, students from the University of Missouri - Columbia, the Brady Campaign and other advocates.
- April 16th, 2009 ( the 2nd Anniversary of the Viriginia Tech shootings), we assisted student organizers at the University of Texas – Austin in staging a 300 person rally on the steps of the state capitol to oppose guns on campus legislation in the Texas State Legislature. The event garnered a fair amount of press coverage (see some examples below) and the students are continuing their lobbying efforts to stop the legislation in the Texas House and Senate
Click on a state below to find out the status of guns on campus legislation and how to contact your college/university President.
The Case Against Guns on Campus
The case against guns on campus is strong. There are many reasons why it would be dangerous to introduce guns into colleges and universities.
- Arming students would make campuses more dangerous every hour of every day
- Armed students would be accountable to no one
- Arming students would not deter the rare campus shooting
- Academic debate cannot flourish in a room full of guns
- There are better ways to make college campuses safer
More Guns – More Gun Deaths and Injuries
Contrary to the myth promulgated by the gun lobby that students would be safer if they were allowed to carry guns on campus, allowing students to bring guns on college campuses would increase the risk of gun violence on campus.
- America’s colleges and universities are currently among the safest environments for students
- In other environments, more guns mean more gun deaths and injuries
- More guns will result in more fatal suicide attempts
The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus is supported by the following organizations:
- The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and its network of Million Mom March Chapters
- Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
- States United to Prevent Gun Violence
- Freedom States Alliance
- New England Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
- Protest Easy Guns
- Students for Gun Free Schools