Saturday, October 17, 2015

Concealed handguns don't belong on college campuses

Schools should be safe havens for learning and growth. Can you speak up and demand that concealed handguns are banned from college campuses?
More than 22,000 gun-owning MoveOn members have launched a campaign for commonsense gun control, and we're amplifying their voices on social media and elsewhere. But to go up against the National Rifle Association—and win—all of us need to speak up. That's why we're joining our friends at to challenge the NRA and remove guns from school grounds.

California just banned concealed handguns on school campuses—a major step toward protecting young people from gun violence.1 Can you keep up the momentum and urge Congress to pass a law to make it more difficult to carry guns onto campuses? Click here to add your name.

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Andy Pelosi of, and I started a petition to Congress and President Obama, which says:

Nine people died and another nine were injured on Thursday, October 1 after a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Our nationĂ¢€™s colleges, universities, and K-12 schools should be safe havens for learning and growth, where students, faculty, staff, and visitors need not worry about the threat of gun violence on their campuses. We call on our federal elected representatives to make it more difficult for people to carry concealed weapons on our campuses across the country. The answer to our gun violence problem is not the introduction of more weapons.

In response to the tragedy at Umpqua Community College and other places in our country, the extreme pro-gun movement continues to push their irrational and extremist agenda of promoting the carrying of loaded, concealed handguns on college campuses and K-12 schools as a solution to school shootings.

As a result, colleges in Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, Texas, and Wisconsin have now been forced in different ways to allow the carrying of firearms on their premises. Similarly, K-12 schools in several states are now being forced to allow staff (barely trained, non-law enforcement) to carry concealed weapons inside buildings.

The overwhelming majority of the 4,400 colleges and universities in the United States prohibit the carrying of firearms on their campuses. These gun-free policies have helped to make our postsecondary-education institutions some of the safest places in the country.

Let's keep concealed handguns off our nation's campuses.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–Andy Pelosi


1. "California bans concealed handguns on college, school campuses," The Sacramento Bee, October 10, 2015

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