To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate
Concealed Handguns Do Not Belong on College Campuses and K-12 Schools
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.
Why is this important?
Update: April 24, 2017
On April 12, 2016, Team26 from Newtown, CT delivered our petition with over 39,000 signatures to Members of Congress at the US Capitol. Since this issue continues to be very important, we are moving forward with another round of signatures and will look to deliver this petition this summer.
In response to the tragedy at Umpqua Community College and other places in our country, the extreme pro-gun movement continues to push their irrational and extremist agenda of promoting the carrying of loaded, concealed handguns on college campuses and K -12 schools as a solution to school shootings.
As a result, colleges in Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, Texas 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). Similarly, K-12 schools in several states are now being forced to allow staff (barely trained, non-law enforcement) to carry concealed weapons inside buildings.
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. Let's keep concealed handguns off our nation's campuses, except in cases where certified law enforcement officers are employed.
Please sign our petition and all signatures will be hand delivered to President Trump and your members of Congress this summer.