Hello and welcome to our April Newsletter:
Much has transpired since our last issue, including: 1) a number of positive policy developments in the area of guns on college campuses, 2) a major setback for public safety in Florida, and 3) a tragic school shooting in Nashville and suppression of free speech.
On the campus front, we are very pleased to report that guns on campus legislation either died or was defeated in: Idaho, Kentucky, Tennessee, Wyoming (we are waiting for an anticipated veto in Arizona). See the action center below for details.
After working in coalition with our Florida colleagues for over a year, permitless carry (eliminating the need for a permit and training to carry a concealed handgun) was signed by Governor DeSantis. Florida now joins 25 other states that also have this danger to public safety on the books. On March 16th, The Campaign joined other allies for a protest in St. Petersburg and you can read more about it below.
On March 27th, 3 young students and 3 staff members were killed by an assailant wielding assault weapons and a handgun at the Covenant School in Nashville, TN. The Campaign and other groups continue to call on Congress to pass the Federal Assault Weapons Ban and our members have heeded the call. You can take action below in the Federal section. The Campaign is also supporting students and teachers in walkout actions in different states.
In connection with the Covenant School shooting, we must uplift the actions of three brave Tennessee State Legislators (Reps. Justin Pearson, Gloria Johnson and Justin Jones) who spoke truth to power at great risk to themselves by calling for gun reform on the floor of the Capitol. We must also call out the Leadership and those voting to expel Reps. Pearson and Jones as a blatant act of racism and suppression of free speech. Did these representatives break with protocol? Yes. Did this break deserve expulsion? No. The Tennessee Legislature is not concerned about gun reform, they only wish to arm teachers and harden schools, without seeking real change to the state’s gun laws. More on this to come.
Later this month we will mark 24 years since Columbine and 16 years since Virginia Tech. Look for our posts in the middle of the month.
Finally, please consider making a Spring donation in support of The Campaign. This work does not happen without you.
Thanks for all you do!
Andy Pelosi, Executive Director/Co-Founder