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Florida Moms: Bethune-Cookman Shooting Should Be Wake-Up Call to Lawmakers to Keep Guns Off Campus


Tallahassee, FL – In response to the shooting at Bethune-Cookman University Monday night that injured three students, the Florida Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released the following statement:

“Once again we’re devastated to learn about another shooting on a Florida campus, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families,” said Chryl Anderson, a volunteer with the Florida Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Fortunately it appears that none of the injuries are life-threatening. We hope lawmakers in Tallahassee will see this shooting as a wake-up call that Florida universities should be safe places that foster learning and maturation, not ducking from gunfire. Moms stand with the entire Florida State University System in opposing efforts to force colleges and universities into allowing guns on campus.”

Further Information on Guns and Florida College Campuses

• Florida’s State University System, which includes 12 universities, their police chiefs, and the Board of Governors, opposes guns-on-campus legislation, saying it could “create new challenges in our ability to provide a safe and secure learning environment.”
• Florida State President John Thrasher and FSU Police Chief David Perry strongly oppose the legislation in the wake of FSU’s shooting on campus in November. Thrasher has said “When it comes to guns on campus, the consequences far outweigh the positives.”
• The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators opposes the legislation.