The Daily Caller reports that 160 American college presidents are now urging greater gun control.
College presidents call en masse for more gun control
More than 160 college presidents have signed an open letter that urges lawmakers to enact stricter gun laws. “We urge both our president and Congress to take action on gun control now,” reads the letter, which was released on Wednesday, less than a week after a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school left 26 people dead. The letter notes that the college leaders involved in the campaign are also parents who hold a variety of political views.
In their letter, the presidents state that, as a group, they do not oppose gun ownership outright. But in many states, legislation has been proposed or introduced that would make gun possession legal on college campuses. “We oppose such laws,” the letter states.
If we care about reducing the number of people killed in mass shootings, shouldn’t we pay particular attention to the cases where the aspiring mass murderer was prevented from getting off more than a couple rounds?…
– Mayan Palace Theater, San Antonio, Texas, this week: Jesus Manuel Garcia shoots at a movie theater, a police car and bystanders from the nearby China Garden restaurant; as he enters the movie theater, guns blazing, an armed off-duty cop shoots Garcia four times, stopping the attack. Total dead: Zero.
– Winnemucca, Nev., 2008: Ernesto Villagomez opens fire in a crowded restaurant; concealed carry permit-holder shoots him dead. Total dead: Two. (I’m excluding the shooters’ deaths in these examples.)
– Appalachian School of Law, 2002: Crazed immigrant shoots the dean and a professor, then begins shooting students; as he goes for more ammunition, two armed students point their guns at him, allowing a third to tackle him. Total dead: Three.
College presidents call en masse for more gun control (The Daily Caller)