President Janet Morgan Riggs was named as one of more than 25 college presidents in support of legislation to prevent gun violence in a Feb. 4 MarketWatch article.
350 College Presidents Signed Letter Calling for Action on Gun Violence; More than 25 Presidents Stand Together in Washington to Demand Congress Pass Common-Sense Gun Reforms; www.DemandAPlan.org
College presidents from across the country gathered in Washington, DC today and joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and leaders from the United States Student Association (USSA), International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and Mayors Against Illegal Guns to demand that Congress take action to end the epidemic of gun violence that kills 33 Americans every day.
Since the Newtown shooting, 350 college presidents have come together through College Presidents for Gun Safety, as well as the Executive Committee of the Association of American Universities (AAU) on behalf of their 60 U.S. university members, to sign a letter calling for political leaders to take concrete steps to prevent gun violence.
The college presidents today endorsed common sense gun reform legislation that will:
-- Require that every gun buyer pass a criminal background check
-- Get military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines off our streets
-- Make gun trafficking a federal crime.
The higher education leaders also expressed their collective opinion that arming students and faculty on college campuses, as the NRA has proposed, will make us less safe, not more safe.