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.
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.