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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The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus was founded in 2008 to urge colleges and universities to band together to oppose the gun lobby’s agenda to push loaded, concealed guns onto college campuses. To date, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and more than 420 colleges and universities in 42 states have joined the Campaign. Follow us on Facebook or on Twitter at @KeepGunsoffCamp

Contact: Andy Pelosi, Executive Director (914-629-6726), [email protected]