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President Bahls signs letter regarding gun safety

December  20, 2012

Augustana President Steven Bahls has joined more than 170 other college and university presidents in signing an open letter regarding gun safety legislation.

Entitled "An Open Letter to Our Nation's Policy Leaders," the letter calls on the nation's leaders to take action against gun violence. "As educators and parents, we come together to ask our elected representatives to act collectively on behalf of our children by enacting rational gun safety measures," it says.

Released by a Presidents Lawrence M. Schall of Oglethorpe University and Elizabeth Kiss of Agnes Scott College, both in Atlanta, the letter encourages other college and university presidents to join the effort.

President Bahls said, “I signed this letter because I care about the safety of our students at Augustana College, and I care about the young people everywhere.

“Too often college presidents are quiet, but given the accumulation of horrible incidents, it is time for presidents to stand up, work together and speak with one voice.”

The effort was started by Dr. Schall and joined shortly thereafter by Dr. Kiss. The support was gathered in just a few days and the numbers continue to grow.

Dr. Schall said, “We are parents and grandparents first, but we are also educators of America's children. Our country was devastated by the recent events in Connecticut, yet the murder rate by guns in this country has been at an unconscionable level for a very long time. I just think everyone now realizes it is time to do what we can to try to reverse this tragic trend. We all know the answer is not simple and that no single action will accomplish that goal, but that cannot be a reason for inaction.”

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
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