January 02, 2013
LEC President Michael Victor Joins Campaign for Gun Safety(Painesville, Ohio) – Lake Erie College President Michael T. Victor, along with 170 other college and university presidents from around the U.S., have joined together to sign an open letter that urges our nation’s leaders to enact stricter gun laws in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy on December 14. The shooting left 20 first graders and six educators dead and millions of hearts in sorrow and disbelief.
In the letter, the presidents state, "We are college and university presidents. We are parents. We are Republicans, Democrats and Independents. We urge both our President and Congress to take action on gun control now.” The group stresses they are not opposed to gun ownership but feel that stricter laws should be enacted regarding gun possession on college campuses.
The letter also addresses ending the gun show loophole and reinstating the ban on military-style semi-automatic assault weapons. In addition, consumer safety standards for all guns, such as safety locks, access prevention laws and regulations to correct manufacturing defects, should also be required.
"I am pleased to represent Lake Erie College and join such a meaningful effort. The issue of gun control safety continues to be an intense debate in higher education and one that I feel very strongly about. I am willing to participate in any way possible to prevent violence and protect our youth and their education,” said President Victor.
The campaign, titled "College Presidents for Gun Safety,” is spearheaded by presidents of Oglethorpe University and Agnes Scott College in Georgia. The support of the letter happened in just 48 hours, and numbers continue to grow.