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  • Petitioned Les Purce

This petition was delivered to:

President of The Evergreen State College
Les Purce
The Evergreen State College Board of Trustees
Washington Governor
Washington State Senate
Washington State House

Evergreen doesn't need assault rifles on campus!

    1. Petition by

      Austin Nolen

      Olympia, WA

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.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 400 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • will ridgway OLYMPIA, WA
      • 12 months ago

      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).

    • Jordan Hymer OLYMPIA, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a current Evergreen student. I feel completely safe on campus without the presence of assault rifles, and I feel that allowing these kinds of weapons on campus would instill fear in students, faculty, and community members rather than diminish it

    • Leroy Norton CROYDON, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      assault rifles are not needed unless there is a definat situation

    • Deborah Schwing BROCKTON, MA
      • over 1 year ago

      We do not need more guns Statistics have shown that people with guns are far more likely to be harmed or killed inn a gun related incident.

      Furthermore, Evergreen State College is not a military zone or a war zone. There is absolutely no need for the police to be carrying these weapons.

      Should a terrible event occur I am sure that SWAT could be called in-or worst case scenario the police have one assault rifle under lok and key for a situation that would warrant it's use. I can almost guarantee that if legal safeguards were put in place that would limit (or eliminate) the use of these rifles there would be less violence, not more.

    • Matheu Vazquez TRENTON, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      Police do not need assault weapons to deal with college students or random townspeople. Police should be able to do their job and maintain peace with the use of a gun being the last option, and killing is unnecessary unless the situation is dire. I'm a college student and I would not want my university's police or the town's police to carry assault weapons. Such rifles are designed to kill and nothing else.


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