Calling All Texans: Stand With Students, Faculty & Staff to Keep Guns Away From Schools!
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Calling All Texans: Stand With Students, Faculty & Staff to Keep Guns Away From Schools!

    1. Petition by

      Aron Weinberg

      Austin, TX

The Texas House and Senate have proposed two bills (SB 354 and HB 750) that would allow concealed weapons on campuses within the Texas University School System. According to gun control advocates, the bill has majority support in both the State Senate and the House of Representatives. Once enacted, this bill would allow - after a background check and as little as ten hours of training - any student, staff or faculty member of a state university in Texas to carry a concealed firearm on campus property.

Guns have no place on our campuses and in our classrooms. The well meaning purpose behind allowing "concealed campus carry" in Texas is to increase the protection of members in the university community against harmful individuals. The unintended consequence, however, is that carrying guns on campus will, in fact, offer these individuals less protection.

Three points illustrate this argument. First, as expressed by UT Chief of Police and former Chief of Staff of The Austin Police Department, Robert E. Dahlstrom, handguns would "definitely complicate law enforcement on campus."  The Texas Association of College and University Police Administratorss are similarly against the law as is current Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.  Furthermore, a study by Thompson et al. (2009) shows that 86% of campus police chiefs in the U.S agree with these parties.  Armed students would create confusion for police in situations such as that created by the lone gunman in September 2010 at the University of Texas at Austin.

Second, introducing handguns into the classroom will have a chilling effect on intellectual discourse between students and faculty. As it stands, the UT police chief has stated, "without firearms as a factor, UTPD is called to respond to real and perceived threats provoked by volatile language and inappropriate behavior [inside and outside the classroom.]"  Indeed, as a result of these concerns, more than 700 students, staff and faculty at University of Texas at Austin have signed a petition which states that they will refuse to attend or teach classes if firearms are allowed on campus.

Third, the prevalence of alcohol and drugs on college campuses is a prime reason to keep guns out.  According to a study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, “[n]early half of America’s 5.4 million full-time college students abuse drugs or drink alcohol on binges at least once a month.” For college gun owners, the rate of binge drinking is even higher – two-thirds. Alcohol “is involved in 90% of campus rapes, and in 95% of the violent crime on campus.” Almost 700,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted each year by another student who has been drinking. If guns were involved, those assaults would be much more likely to be fatal.

Please sign the attached petition to show the Texas Legislature that guns are not welcome on Texas university campuses.

If you'd like to sign another petition by Students for Gun Free Schools in Texas use:

www.facebook.com/sgfstexas/app_4949752878

You can also use this link to sign up for the above group.  It is directed by John Woods, a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, and a national leader in the movement against concealed campus carry.

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    1. Reached 3,500 signatures
    2. Campus carry laws poised to pass in Texas Senate! Come join the movement!

      Aron Weinberg
      Petition Organizer

      On Monday, The Texas House of Representatives gave final approval to a proposal to allow concealed handgun license holders to carry guns into buildings on college and university campuses. These bills may now be brought into The Texas State Senate. If these concealed campus carry bills pass, which could happen mere weeks from now, concealed handguns will be allowed on college and university campuses in Texas.

      We need your help. Despite the fact that the vast majority of campus police chiefs and a long list of presidents, faculties and student bodies of universities within The University of Texas System believe that such laws would endanger lives, these bills are poised to be signed into law. (For a full list of parties who are against CCC in Texas go to https://www.facebook.com/txgunsense/info).

      Come join ("like") https://www.facebook.com/txgunsense to see how you can make a difference

      My thanks and best wishes,
      Aron

      Texas Gun Sense

      Groups supporting universal background checks: * 85% of Republicans, 85% of Independents, 87% of...

    3. Campus Carry Bills brought to Texas House on Friday - Please call your rep!

      Aron Weinberg
      Petition Organizer

      Hello friends,

      Unfortunately, bills that would allow guns on not only college and university campuses and classrooms (HB 972) but also K-12 campuses and classrooms (HB 1009) are scheduled for a vote in the Texas House this Friday (May 4th). The vote will be a close one. This is as crucial a time as any to rally against the enaction of legislation that would compromise the safety of school children, college students, and the staff and faculty who serve them.

      As a Texan, the most powerful way that you can have your voice heard on this issue and influence the outcome of this vote is by calling your Texas House Representative, who can be found using this link: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

      Tell your representative that HB 972 (guns on college and university campuses) and HB 1009 (guns on K-12 campuses) are shortsighted and irresponsible and that only members of law enforcement should be allowed to carry guns on school campuses. Or, even better, relay your own message.

      Who Represents Me--Home

      Who Represents Me provides information about current districts and members of the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, the Texas delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the State Board of Education. Find out when information about new districts and new members is added to the website.

    4. Concealed Campus Carry bill (HB 972) moves onto house

      Aron Weinberg
      Petition Organizer

      Dear friends,

      It has been a while since I’ve written an update on the campaign of Texas legislators to allow concealed weapons on university campuses in Texas.

      Some disappointing news.

      A Texas House panel voted last Thursday, April 11th, to allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their handguns on university campuses and *classrooms* (HB 972). The 7-1 vote by the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety sends the bill to the House for consideration.

      If you are a Texan, please take a moment to call your state representative: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

      Let them know that you are opposed to any measure in HB 972 that would lessen the penalty for those who violate campus weapons policies.

      My thanks and best wishes,
      Aron

      Who Represents Me--Home

      Who Represents Me provides information about current districts and members of the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, the Texas delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the State Board of Education. Find out when information about new districts and new members is added to the website.

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures
    6. Aron Weinberg
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends,

      A lot has happened in the last two weeks since I posted the last update. Here's the skinny on the latest developments in our fight against concealed campus carry.

      Excellent news! The House parliamentarian ruled this evening that the guns-on-campus rider on SB 1581 was not germane, and sent the whole bill back to the Senate.

      If the Senate does not remove the campus carry amendment, it will kill SB 1581 — a critical piece of legislation — then that bill will likely die.

      The fight is not quite over yet. A risk remains that Sen. Wentworth or a House member could attempt to amend the language onto another bill. That could happen anytime over the next week, and we're keeping our eyes peeled.

      It is our belief that if we are successful this session, in a state like Texas, the issue will die nationwide. After that, we hope lawmakers will engage students, parents, faculty, university administrators, law enforcement, survivors, and our communities in an honest dialogue about campus safety.

      For all your hard work thus far, I want to say thank you one more time. If in eight days we are able to send out another email like this one, it will be because of your phone calls.

      ***Please consider giving a phone call to the below. Tell these representatives: "concealed carry is not germane to SB 1581.***

      1. Speaker Joe Straus: (512) 463-1000
      2. Your State Representative: Look him or her up here.

      Please consider sharing this petition with friends or with social media:

      My thanks and best wishes
      Aron

    7. Aron Weinberg
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends,

      On Wednesday, May 4th, Senator Wentworth used his guns-on-campus legislation seemingly to exact revenge on higher education institutions. He tried to amend it on to Senator Zaffirini's SB 5, a bill intended to help universities save money. Wentworth's amendment passed 19 to 12, and Zaffirini pulled SB 5. She killed her own bill to keep guns off campus.

      In the meantime, a House panel quietly approved several more guns-on-campus bills: HB 1167 (community colleges), HB 1356 (faculty, staff, and student-staff), and HB 2178 (no arresting people caught with guns). The guns-on-campus bills are not dead yet — far from it.

      The House Calendars Committee has not yet scheduled a vote on any of these bills. We need your help to keep them from reviving the legislation. If you're a Texan, here's two things you can do to help. Every phone call helps!

      1. ***Call Speaker Joe Straus***

      Tell Joe Straus to keep guns-on-campus off the House floor.
      Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio): 512-463-1000

      2. ***Call Chairman Hunter***

      Tell Chairman Hunter not to put out any of the guns-on-campus bills for scheduling. Remind him that the House has more important issues to be dealing with.
      Chairman Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi): 512-463-0672

      For tips on making phone calls refer to the second update listed on this page (below).

      Please consider sharing this petition with friends or with social media:

      My thanks and best wishes,
      Aron

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Aron Weinberg
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends,

      Thanks guys for all your hard work! Members of the Texas University School system (such as myself) greatly appreciate it! We've got them on the run!

      Aron

    10. Aron Weinberg
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends,

      Yesterday, Senator Wentworth attempted to resuscitate his guns-on-campus legislation by tying its fate to a popular higher education bill.

      Wentworth needs two-thirds of members in order to bring up his bill for debate, but he's one senator short. So instead he tried to amend his entire bill and tack it onto another, which takes a simple majority instead of two-thirds.

      Senate Bill 5, the target of Wentworth's amendment, is intended to help higher education institutions save money and reduce tuition. But those cost savings are likely to be eaten by increased insurance costs if Wentworth's amendment sticks. And some senators have expressed discomfort with Wentworth's methods.

      The target, SB 5, was written by one of our strongest supporters, Senator Zaffirini. She pulled that bill down until sometime today rather than accept Wentworth's amendment.

      Wentworth has a gun to the head of one of our most important allies. Worse, he is using tuition as leverage for his deadly ideological agenda. It's a little like being mugged.

      Here is what you can do:

      ***Call Lt. Gov. Dewhurst.: You can reach him at (512) 463-0001***

      The Lt. Governor is a strong supporter of higher education. He has the power to end this stand-off.

      Tell Lt. Gov. Dewhurst not to let Sen. Wentworth hold the Senate hostage with guns-on-campus.

      This would not be possible without your hard work, but we need you to stay engaged. Please consider forwarding this email to your friends, or sharing it with social media.

      My thanks and best wishes,
      Aron

    11. Aron Weinberg
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends,

      Thanks so much for all the phone calls you've been making. Great Job! Keep it up!

      Last week, Texas State Senators Van de Putte and West had to cancel a meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama to keep Sen. Wentworth from sneaking through his bill that would force colleges and universities to allow firearms in classrooms.

      Meanwhile, Sen. Gallegos — previously one of our target senators — has said he will not vote for the bill no matter what, because of all the phone calls he's received. This is excellent news, but it's not over yet.

      Wentworth needs two-thirds of members present — 21 if all 31 senators are there — to bring up his bill for debate. He currently has 20 votes.

      But if just one of our senators is absent, he only needs 20 votes. Wentworth has said he's prepared to wait until someone is missing in order to sneak the bill through.

      If you're a Texan, here are four state senators you can call to help ensure that guns stay off our campuses and out of our classrooms. Ask them to vote against bringing SB 354 to the floor. If the senator supports the bill, ask him or her to also support an opt-out, or "local control," amendment for public universities.

      Sen. Huffman (512) 463-0117
      Sen. Nichols (512) 463-0103
      Sen. Uresti: (512) 463-0119
      Sen. Whitmire: (512) 463-0115

      For tips on making phone calls, look below at the second update that was written. Remember, though, the best arguments are your own.

      My thanks and best wishes,
      Aron

    12. Is the Texas Concealed Carry on Campus Bill Running Out of Ammo?

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      At one time, the bill to allow Texas college students to carry a concealed weapon on campus seemed inevitable. Senator Jeff Wentworth, who authored the bill, had the governor's support and more than half the Texas House sponsored the bill. At one...

    13. Aron Weinberg
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends,

      ***Please ask senators to accept an opt-out amendment for public universities on SB 354.***

      The following have questioned their own vote for SB 354:

      Sen. Robert Duncan: (512) 463-0128
      Sen. Mario Gallegos: (512) 463-0106
      Sen. Steve Ogden: (512) 463-0105

      It is critical that we continue to make calls. The bill is being reintroduced on the State Senate floor today (Monday) after it did not receive the necessary two thirds majority for approval in the Senate last Friday. We have arrested the bill's momentum — something that observers said was impossible — but we still face difficult odds.

      Best,
      Aron

    14. Aron Weinberg
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends,

      We have made a major step in the right direction!

      Senator Mario Gallegos, along with two other Texas Senators have wavered on their support of Senate bill SB 354 and just delayed a vote on the measure from happening. The vote will likely occur next Monday (April 11th.)

      In an article on today Megan Cottrell quotes Senator Mario Gallegos from an Associated Press interview:

      ""I'm really torn with this issue. I believe in the right to carry," Gallegos told the Associated Press. "But I also listen to my community colleges and universities. I've been bombarded in the last 24 hours.”

      Here are two numbers you can call to aid in our struggle to keep our students, faculty and staff out of harm's way..

      Senator Mario Gallegos:  (512) 463-0106
      Senator Steve Ogden:  (512) 463-0105

      ***Ask them to allow public universities to "opt out" on SB 354.***

      Even one phone call is a huge help. There is no more important time than now to speak to your representatives on this issue.

      Best wishes,
      Aron

    15. Will Legislators Re-Think Texas Campus Concealed Carry Law?

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Texas Senator Mario Gallegos of Houston has changed his mind about the proposed law to allow concealed weapons on the state's college campuses.
      ""I'm really torn with this issue. I believe in the right to carry," Gallegos told the Associated Press....

    16. Aron Weinberg
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends,

      The Texas Senate has scheduled a floor vote on SB 354 (one of the two bills that would allow campus carry) for tomorrow (Thursday, April 7th.)

      If you have the opportunity and are a Texas resident please call these representatives to let your voice be heard. Even one phone call is a huge help. As of yet, there is no more important time than now to speak to your representatives on this issue.

      ***Ask them to allow public universities to "opt out" on SB 354.***

      The best points you can make are your own. However, here are a few relevant points you could make.

      --- 86% of campus police chiefs in the U.S. are against concealed campus carry.
      --- UT Chief of Police and former Chief of Staff of The Austin Police Department, Robert E. Dahlstrom, current Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo as well as University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa have stated that “concealed carry” would make our campuses less safe.
      --- Almost 700,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted each year by another student who has been drinking. If guns were involved, those assaults would be much more likely to be fatal.

      Feel free to argue the issue with them. Be polite but firm. At least one office has been misdirecting people. Ask for the respective representative's aid who is responsible for this bill. If they are not available, you can leave a message with the secretary who will likely "note" or "tally" your opinion.

      John Whitmire, D-Houston, Chair: (512) 463-0115
      Joan Huffman, R-Houston, Vice-Chair: (512) 463-0117
      Glenn Hegar, R-Katy: (512) 463-0118
      John Carona, R-Dallas: (512) 463-0116
      Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen: (512) 463-0120

      Sincerely,
      Aron

    17. Aron Weinberg
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends,

      I wanted to send out an email thanking all of you for signing Calling All Texans: Stand With Students, Faculty &Staff to Keep Guns Away From Schools! As of the writing of this email, we have 267 signatures petitioning members of the Texas State Senate, Texas House of Representatives and Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, to reject bills (SB 354 and HB 750) that would allow "concealed carry" in the classrooms and on the campuses of schools within the University of Texas School System. This may not sound like a lot of signatures. Keep in mind, however, that our petition addresses a state matter and therefore does not have the same popular appeal of the many worthy issues that unfold in national and international arenas.

      I also wanted to let you know that in response to this petition and the signatures behind it (i.e., your signatures) two editorial articles have been written on the website: Armed Students? Texas May Allow Concealed Guns on Campus and more recently Students Speak: We Don't Want Guns on Campus in Texas. (Both are above. I'm not able to hyperlink it.) It is unusual for a "state issue" to receive this much attention on their website. Both of these excellent articles are by freelance journalist Megan Cottrell. I encourage you, particularly, to read the more recent article which discusses testimony given at a hearing on concealed campus carry by John Woods, a former Virginia Tech student and the Director of Students for Gun-Free Schools in Texas.

      By signing this petition, you have sent a clear message to Texas Legislators that they should be accountable to the faculty, staff and students in the University of Texas School System who are overwhelmingly against the institution of a law that would endanger the well being of members of the campus community.

      My thanks and best wishes,

      Sincerely,

      Aron

    18. Reached 250 signatures
    19. Students Speak: We Don't Want Guns On Campus In Texas

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Students who don't want guns on their campuses aren't keeping quiet while the Texas legislature attempts to pass a bill allowing concealed weapons at college and universities. Over 150 students, faculty and survivors of violence showed up last...

    20. Reached 100 signatures
    21. Armed Students? Texas May Allow Concealed Guns On College Campuses

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Last year's shooting at the University of Texas at Austin, where a 19-year-old opened fire on students before killing himself, has gotten students riled up. Scott Lewis, part of a group called Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, says he and his...

    22. Reached 50 signatures

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    • vicci love PARIS, KY
      • about 1 month ago

      IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK TO PUT METAL DETECTORS IN SCHOOLS! DUH!

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    • Rose Kalimnios MONTAUK, NY
      • 2 months ago

      Guns don't kill people,dangerous People Do.Any firearm is something that does not belong at school .We cannot stress serious consequences.

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    • Rose Skenadore SHAWANO, WI
      • 4 months ago

      Schools and guns do not mix!

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    • Olena Zavizion ORLANDO, FL
      • 4 months ago

      omg! guns in school is not an answer. this is not a preventative measure

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    • Lisa Dyer NORCROSS, GA
      • 5 months ago

      I stand up against!

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