At our September 7, 2019 meeting, the Ohio Conference AAUP Board unanimously endorsed the firearm background check ballot initiative spearheaded by Ohioans for Gun Safety.
The initiative would close the background check loopholes on gun sales, which is supported by 90% of Ohioans.
Experts agree background checks are among the most effective steps available to impact gun violence. In the 20 states that have acted to strengthen background checks, gun violence is significantly reduced.
Why is a faculty association getting involved in a gun safety issue? A few reasons:
We know that not all of our members may agree with the decision to endorse this ballot initiative, but hope that everyone can respect that this was a thoughtful process, one based on AAUP precedent and genuine concern for our places of work, and the teaching, learning, and research that occur there.
Currently, Ohioans for Gun Safety has a volunteer effort to collect signatures to: first, put the proposal in front of the legislature to choose to act on; and if they fail to act, second, put it in front of Ohio voters either on the 2020 or 2021 statewide ballot.
To learn more about the ballot initiative, help collect signatures, donate to the effort, and more, visit http://ohioansforgunsafety.com/.