NEW YORK, March 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Since the shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 that took the lives of 33 people, bills in over 37 states have been introduced to allow guns on college campuses. When DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change, asked its members about guns on college campuses:
- 85% of members said that they don't feel like the voices of young people are represented well in national conversations about gun violence.
- 7 out of 10 members would feel less safe if concealed carry handguns were allowed on college campuses.
DoSomething.org's new campaign, Guns Out, amplifies college students' voices and gives them an action they can take to keep guns off their college campuses.
DoSomething.org is partnering with leaders in the gun violence and prevention movement including the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and The Campaign To Keep Guns Off Campus to ensure every young person in the country has a tangible way they can take meaningful action on this issue.
Through the Guns Out campaign, college students are speaking up and demanding that their college presidents take a public stance to keep their campuses gun-free. Young people who sign up will be asked to share a photo on Twitter flexing their muscles and tagging college presidents to show that their muscles are the only "guns" they want to see on their campus. Participants will then tweet their photos at their school asking their college presidents to publicly affirm on the record that they are against allowing guns on their campuses.
According to a study published in the Journal of American College Health, 95% of college and university presidents don't want concealed carry on campus. However, out of 4,500 college and university presidents, only 420 have signed the official letter from The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, taking a public stance saying they'll keep guns off college campuses.
"College students should have their voices heard when it comes to decisions about guns on their campuses," said Aria Finger, CEO and Chief Old Person at DoSomething.org. "As the largest organization for young people and social change, DoSomething.org is committed to listening to our members and providing ways for them to take action around issues that they care about."
DoSomething.org has also released a video showing college students' reactions to items banned on college campuses including panini presses, microwaves, and puppies. The video encourages young people to take a stand and pressure college presidents to add guns to the list of banned items.
To view the video, click here.
For more information on the Guns Out campaign, click here.
To read an open letter about the Guns Out campaign from DoSomething.org's CEO Aria Finger, click ="https://medium.com/@dosomething/college-students-want-to-keep-guns-off-their-campus-816bf7f090e0#.cqdcla4km" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here.
One of the largest global orgs for young people and social change, DoSomething.org's 5 million members in 130 countries tackle volunteer campaigns that impact every cause. Poverty. Discrimination. The environment. And everything else. Our promise: Any cause, anytime, anywhere.
The Campaign To Keep Guns Off Campus Boiler Plate
The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus was founded in 2008 to urge colleges and universities to band together to oppose the gun lobby's agenda to push loaded, concealed guns onto college campuses. To date, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and more than 420 colleges and universities in 42 states have joined the Campaign.
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence Boiler Plate
Founded in the wake of the 1993 assault weapon massacre in San Francisco that left eight dead and six wounded, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is now the premier resource for legal expertise and information regarding firearms.
Made up of the foremost gun law attorneys in the nation, the Law Center analyzes firearms legislation, files amicus briefs, and works with lawmakers and advocates to craft legislation that will reduce gun violence. Visitsmartgunlaws.org, to learn more.
Video - http://youtu.be/CVFqCxQZJyY