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February 18, 2013

Drugovich joins gun debate

Drugovich signs letters supporting legislation

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Vigiliance is another important key to safety on campus, where members need to be aware of their surrounding and take preventive action, Drugovich said. She cited a recent incident, when someone reported that a student made threats against the college during a conversation via social media. The student was charged Feb. 9 by Oneonta city police with making a terrorist threat, a felony.

Drugovich said she supported “rational gun safety measures’’ stated in Schall’s letter, specifically: 

• Ensuring the safety of communities by opposing legislation allowing guns on campuses and in classrooms.

• Ending the gun show loophole, which allows for the purchase of guns from unlicensed sellers without a criminal background check.

• Reinstating the ban on military-style semi-automatic assault weapons along with high-capacity ammunition magazines.

• Requiring consumer safety standards for all guns, such as safety locks and access prevention laws.

About 290 college presidents have signed an online letter to President Barack Obama from M. Lee Pelton, president of Emerson College in Boston. The letter seeks gun safety measures and pledges campus discussions on how to best address gun violence in America and offers other assistance toward positive action. 

Drugovich also signed the Emerson College letter and said last week that discussions are under way to develop a lecture series with opportunities for balanced discussion. 

SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski and Candace Vancko, SUNY Delhi president and officer-in-charge at SUNY Cobleskill, signed neither letter. Neither local president was available for comment Thursday.

SUNY Delhi hasn’t been approached about signing the letters, Director of Communications Kimberly MacLeod said, and the topic is a systemwide issue for which the college would seek guidance from SUNY.

Hal Legg, director of communications at the State University College at Oneonta, said the college’s position on firearms is clear — they have no place on campus. SUNY Oneonta’s Student Conduct Code prohibits the possession of any deadly instrument, including guns, Legg said, and violators are subject to criminal prosecution and/or disciplinary action by the college.

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