The University of Oregon is attempting to turn the Department of Public Safety into a fully sworn police force, complete with guns and tasers.
Students overwhelmingly disapprove of having these weapons on their campuses -- no surprise based on the fact that in the past few years two students have been tased and hundreds of others have been tear-gassed. Not to mention, transforming DPS into a police force will cost millions. These funds will be paid for on the backs of students with reduced funding for higher education and with the reserve funds that Universities should be using to lower tuition.
Weapons like these have no place on college campuses and, at a time when students at the UO are paying 70% more than 4 years ago for an education, it is not the time to be making these types of irresponsible expenditures.
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