Guns. I

From Bob Kustra, president of BSU:

Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2014 16:27:56 -0700
Subject: Guns on Campus

Dear Boise State students, faculty, staff, parents and friends,

The Idaho Legislature is considering a new bill that would allow guns on campus and take some authority to regulate weapons away from the State Board of Education and Idaho’s public universities and colleges. As President of Boise State, I have joined with all of Idaho’s public university and college presidents in opposition to this bill.

I want to share with you how we and the leaders of Idaho’s public universities and colleges work closely with our security personnel and local law enforcement agencies to assure our students a safe learning environment. After the shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, we reported to our trustees on the State Board on our security plans to keep our campuses safe and we believe that we have taken the necessary precautions to guarantee our students’ safety to the very best of our ability. Embedded in an 80-page Emergency Operations Plan for Boise State are two key elements — the emergency alert sent out immediately when an active shooter is confirmed and 30-second to 2-minute response time by the Boise Police who patrol the campus. We take this responsibility as our most important duty to our students, our faculty and our guests on our campuses. And we feel strongly that our campus security officers and our local law enforcement officers are in the best position to manage campus security, not a state law that does not benefit from the actual law enforcement experience of our local police force.

In fact, we can find no recorded incident in which a victim—or a spectator—of a violent crime on a campus has prevented a crime by brandishing a weapon. In fact, professional law enforcement officials claim that increasing the number of guns on a campus would increase police problems and make it difficult for police officers in a shooting situation to tell the good shooter from the bad shooter and inadvertently shoot an innocent person. Weapons on campus may, in fact, lead to an acceleration of conflict in stressful situations.

If you have questions or concerns about the proposed bill, Senate Bill 1254
http://legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2014/S1254.pdf,
I encourage you to contact the members of the Senate State Affairs Committee, which will be considering the bill soon. The Senate State Affairs Committee can be reached at
sstaf@senate.idaho.gov.
These are the members of the committee:

Chairman Curt McKenzie, R, District 13, Nampa
Sen.  Bart Davis, R, District 33, Idaho Falls
Sen.  Russell Fulcher, R, District 22, Meridian
Sen. Brent Hill, R, District 34, Rexburg
Sen. Chuck Winder, R, District 20, Boise
Sen.  Patti Anne Lodge, R, District 11, Huston
Sen.  Jeff Siddoway, R, District 35, Terreton
Sen. Michelle Stennett, D, District 26, Ketchum
Sen. Elliot Werk, D, District 17, Boise

If this bill is approved by the Senate Committee, it will then travel to the full Senate for a vote. We urge you to consider how you feel about this measure and to contact your own Senator to record your position on the bill.  Messages can be left by calling
(208) 332-1000
or by accessing email addresses at:
http://legislature.idaho.gov/senate/membership.cfm

Sincerely,

Bob Kustra
President

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