Guns and Presidential Influence

Guns and Presidential Influence

March 15, 2013

At a session about guns on campus at the annual American Council on Education meeting on March 5, Alfonso H. Lopez, a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, criticized university presidents for not coming forward after the Sandy Hook shootings in December. Lopez was discussing the legislation and activism that resulted after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and crediting the college presidents who helped. Lopez had apparently not been made aware of the highly publicized open letter signed by over 300 college presidents to politicians calling for stricter gun control measures and opposing concealed carry on campuses. Lopez still insisted that college leaders should have a physical presence in the debate, not just one on paper. Lopez encouraged presidents to go to legislators' offices and recruit state lobbyists to make their case.

Guns and Presidential Influence
Allie Grasgreen
Inside Higher Ed
March 6, 2013

Guns on Campus