President Alexander Joins College and University Leaders in Pledging to Address Gun Violence
December 18, 2012
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut, Lasell President Michael Alexander has joined other college and university presidents in pledging to engage the academic community in discussion and dialogue around gun violence and mass killings in our country.
The letter, initiated by Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton, states that the signatories will pledge to involve their colleges and universities in dialogue and discussion around the issue, supporting President Obama's statement in a recent memorial service that the nation needs to come together to prevent further tragedies like Sandy Hook.
"We ask that urgent attention be paid to developing measures that would have the effect of curtailing easy access to assault weapons, especially guns that can hold up to 100 rounds of ammunition without reloading and have no place in the hands of civilians," the letter states.
The letter also asks that serious and sustained consideration be given to mental health and other societal issues that might have contributed the the mass killings at Sandy Hook and elsewhere across the country in recent years.
A lone gunman killed 20 elementary school students and six adults after he entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Friday December 14, 2012.