Arizona and Hawaii Universities: Keep Guns Off Campus!

Apparently, “America’s colleges and universities are under attack from the gun lobby. Following mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 (32 students and faculty killed and 15 wounded) and Northern Illinois University in 2008 (6 students killed and 16 wounded), the gun lobby’s response was to call for state legislation that would prohibit colleges and universities from adopting policies that regulate firearms on campus.” Yes, OK, so . . . what’s The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus problem with that? That. It’s so obvious (to them) that guns should be kept off campus that their website doesn’t even bother to explain their logic. Nor does this press release (with added post-propaganda linkage) re: Hawaiian universities’ decision to join the anti-gun group. Someone should. Maybe . . . the media? Nah.

The Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona, representing 10 schools, and the entire Hawaii University system, including its three main universities and seven community colleges, joined the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus. Each school system signed resolutions in support of keeping loaded firearms off its campuses to protect students, faculty and staff from gun violence.
The Maricopa Community Colleges include Mesa, Phoenix, and Scottsdale community colleges, among seven others. Despite the wishes of the vast majority of higher education leaders across the country to keep their campuses gun-free, the gun lobby continues to force its agenda in several states. This year, legislation in Arizona sought to permit college professors to carry loaded handguns on their hips while teaching but was eventually blocked. Currently, loaded guns are allowed to be kept on university parking lots and easily accessible. Additionally, Arizona’s state legislature passed a dangerous law that allows virtually anyone to carry a loaded handgun in public without even obtaining a concealed weapons permit. The state also allows people to “openly carry” loaded assault rifles and handguns in public as a form of intimidation.

Hawaii’s entire higher education system joined the Campaign, including the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hilo, and West Oahu and community colleges in Honolulu, Kauai and Maui. On the other extreme of Arizona is Hawaii, which according to the Violence Policy Center has the lowest gun death rate in the nation, but still makes protecting college students a priority by keeping concealed weapons off of its campuses.

“By banding together and joining the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, community colleges and universities are demonstrating their commitment to protecting their campus communities from gun violence,” said Andy Pelosi, Director of the Campaign. “Our colleges are under attack from the gun lobby even though ‘guns on campus’ bills continue to be handily defeated in state legislatures. But the gun lobby’s reckless and unpopular agenda won’t stop.”

The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus is a national project of GunFreeKids.org.

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Robert Farago is the Publisher of The Truth About Guns (TTAG). He started the site to explore the ethics, morality, business, politics, culture, technology, practice, strategy, dangers and fun of guns.

3 Responses to Arizona and Hawaii Universities: Keep Guns Off Campus!

  1. Here is a detailed response to the CKGOC press release: http://www.campuscarry.com/2010/06/10/more-nonsen

  2. avatarWW Paul says:

    I am a firm believer in the right to carry arms, I have my concealed weapons permit and regularly encourage others, particularly women, to do the same.

    I have no problem with guns on campus. Having said that, I remember well my college days and wonder about guns in dorms.

  3. avatarChris Knox says:

    Yeh, it's a shame that Virginia Tech didn't have a gun ban.

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