Target: Dr. Peter H. Garland, Chancellor, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Goal: Revise new weapons policies allowing the possession of firearms on campus
Recently, seven universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education have changed their weapons policies to allow firearms on campuses. The universities in question, including Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, adopted these changes after pressure from attorneys affiliated with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
According to the Pittsburgh-Post-Gazette, the attorneys acted after “individuals including at least one student” raised concerns with PASSHE regarding the constitutionality of campus-wide weapons bans at public–state-owned–institutions. The onus was on PASSHE representatives to explain how the prohibition of firearms at academic institutions was not intended as a violation of students’ right to bear arms on their person. Rather than challenging their inquisitors, seven PASSHE institutions chose to revise their weapons policies. Licensed carriers can now bring their guns on campus. This will not serve to make these campuses any safer; it will do the opposite. In our current era of mass shootings, it is imperative that we allow educational institutions to remain gun-free zones. Tell Chancellor Peter H. Garland and Pennsylvania’s state system of education to fight for the safety of their students and reverse the dangerous amendments to their weapons policy.
Dear Dr. Peter H. Garland, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education,
In the past few months, PASSHE has faced scrutiny regarding the prohibition of firearms on their campuses. Your attorneys have advised you that campus wide bans were not “legally enforceable” since according to the Constitution, American citizens possess the right to bear arms. PASSHE could have stood on the side of student safety and either lobbied to change state law or publicly defended the campus-wide bans. Instead, rather than risking a legal imbroglio ,PASSHE has chosen to sacrifice student safety on the advice of their attorneys.
We believe that students and employees in the Pennsylvania State System of Education deserve to work and study in an area free of dangerous weapons. School zones are not war zones. Don’t cave in to legal pressure; fight for student and employee safety at PASSHE universities.
[Your Name Here]
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