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    12/20/2012 11:50:48 PM Posted by Kate Edwards

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    By Kate Edwards

    In the wake of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, discussion on how to prevent this incomprehensible tragedy from ever happening again has taken over the majority of airtime on national media outlets. 

    It seems that everyone has an opinion, including Tom Rochon, President of Ithaca College in New York. Rochon stated yesterday in a campus-wide email that he is signing a letter, along with other university presidents, to President Obama, urging for stricter gun control measures. 

    President Rochon continued his email by clarifying that he typically does not believe in using his platform to promote his personal agenda—except, that is, in this case where he is clearly willing to make an exception.

    President Rochon is the voice of Ithaca College; he speaks for the community and is an advocate on behalf of the university. Using his prominent position to promote his opinion that firmer gun control laws will help to prevent mass killings and gun violence is unacceptable.  

    It is an opinion that is neither universally accepted nor proven true; the gun-control policies that banned weapons from Virginia Tech's campus certainly didn't do anything to protect the 32 people who were shot to death in 2007 by Seung-Hui Cho, or the 17 others he wounded.

    In fact, the only public policy position proven to reduce gun-related deaths is concealed-carry laws. It seems unconscionable that President Rochon believes it is acceptable to comment on a policy issue on behalf of the entire Ithaca community. 

    You can read the rest of the article including the President Rochon's email here.


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