SOURCE: Freedom States Alliance

April 16, 2008 08:00 ET

On Anniversary of Virginia Tech Shooting, Freedom States Alliance and GunFreeKids Urge Keeping Guns Off College Campuses

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) - On the one-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings, Americans need to take stock of what can be done to prevent such horrific acts of violence from happening again.

Despite the fact that 32 innocent students and professors lost their lives at the hands of gunman Seung Hui-Cho on April 16, 2007, little has been done in response to stem the tide of violence at America's schools and colleges.

In February, during one week alone, deadly and near deadly shootings occurred at four different schools in the U.S. leaving 9 innocent people dead and 17 wounded.

Instead of proposing tighter gun laws whenever terrible shootings like these occur, Andy Pelosi of GunFreeKids notes that "there is a deafening silence from our political leaders, and a loud call to arms from the gun lobby who would like Americans to believe that arming students and faculty is the most effective way to prevent tragedies from happening on our campuses."

Freedom States Alliance (FSA) and GunFreeKids (GFK) are joining together to oppose the sentiments of the gun lobby and those politicians that seek to solve a problem with more violence. In fact, we know that more guns only mean more death and injury -- plain and simple.

To get this message across, FSA and GFK are urging students from across the country to help spread the word about the real dangers of guns on campus.

We are asking students to:

1.  Write a letter to the editor of their school newspaper calling on
    school administrators to keep guns off school property and to develop
    safety plans that don't include arming students and faculty.

2.  Contact the college president's office or their class president and
    voice their opposition to the arming of students and faculty as a
    solution to potential violence on campus. Let them know that more guns
    on school property will only lead to more violence and encourage them
    to take a stand on this important issue.

Sally Slovenski of FSA concludes: "We need to do the difficult work of assessing campus safety and taking any and all threats seriously so as to prevent another Virginia Tech. More guns on campus will only serve to compromise campus safety and leave more innocent lives at risk."

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Scott Vogel
    Freedom States Alliance
    Phone: 312-474-1339

    Andy Pelosi
    Phone: 914-629-6726