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Petitioning President of The Evergreen State College Les Purce and 4 others
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President of The Evergreen State College
Les Purce
The Evergreen State College Board of Trustees
Washington State House
Washington State Senate
Washington Governor

Evergreen doesn't need assault rifles on campus!

Back in 2009, the community in and around The Evergreen State College joined together to protest a plan to arm Evergreen's police officers with assault rifles because they felt that these rifles would make our community a more dangerous place. As a result of this action, the plan was never implemented.

Recently, an Evergreen student group, Police Awareness and Student Safety (PASS), has been receiving media attention for their petition asking that the Evergreen police be armed with assault rifles. PASS claims that Evergreen's police officers need assault rifles to protect students against an active shooter situation. However, national statistics prove that far more people are killed by police fire than active shooters every year. For instance, in 2011, police killed 393 people nationwide (Crime in the United States 2011), while only 25 were killed by active shooters. Furthermore, only one of these deaths occurred in a school setting (Active Shooter).

Sign the petition below to let the Governor, state lawmakers and the President and Board of Trustees of Evergreen know that, as a member of the Evergreen community, you demand that they reject any plan to provide assault rifles to Evergreen's police officers and encourage alternative proposals along the lines of education and other trainings that actually keep our community safe.

Sources:

City of New York. New York City Police Department (NYPD). Active Shooter: Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation. New York, NY: NYPD, 2012. Web.

United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Crime in the United States 2011. Washington, DC: FBI, 2011. Web.


Letter to
President of The Evergreen State College Les Purce
The Evergreen State College Board of Trustees
Washington State House
and 2 others
Washington State Senate
Washington Governor
I'm signing this petition as a member of the community in and around The Evergreen State College, who is concerned with the well-being of said community. Back in 2009, we joined together to protest a plan to arm Evergreen's police officers with assault rifles because we felt that these rifles would make our community a more dangerous place. As a result of our action, the plan was never implemented. Recently, an Evergreen student group, Police Awareness and Student Safety (PASS), has been receiving media attention for their petition asking that the Evergreen police be armed with assault rifles. As a community, we continue to feel that these high-powered weapons make us more vulnerable to violence -- not less -- and we continue to insist that there are better ways to insure the safety of our community. Among the most effective ways to insure community safety is to increase funding to Evergreen's Health and Counseling Services and Office of Sexual Assault Prevention.

PASS claims that the Evergreen police need assault rifles to protect students against an active shooter situation however, national statistics prove that far more people are killed by police fire than by active shooters every year. For instance, in 2011, police killed 393 people nationwide (Crime in the United States 2011), while only 25 people were killed by active shooters. Furthermore, only one of these deaths occurred in a school setting (Active Shooter).

Therefore,

Since we continue to believe -- and have been proven time and time again by national statistics -- that arming the police with assault rifles will not make us safer, and

Since we believe that there are better ways to insure student safety,

We, the community in and around The Evergreen State College

Demand that decision-makers at all levels honor our voice when we say 'No' to assault rifles, and

Demand that, instead of funding more weapons for police, you fund services that will actually help keep us safe.

Sources:

City of New York. New York City Police Department (NYPD). Active Shooter: Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation. New York, NY: NYPD, 2012. Web.

United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Crime in the United States 2011. Washington, DC: FBI, 2011. Web.