Yes, that is a provocative headline but I am disappointed in MY candidate, Barack Obama. Sure, he has my vote. He has achieved changes in his short time in office that are remarkable. The Affordable Care Act alone would be significant.
But gun control has not been on his list. Last week I began another term at Portland State University. It has been a roller coaster year around this issue at public campuses in Oregon as policy changes have gone in both directions at the state level about whether people can legally carry concealed weapons on campus. The confusion is reflected in a March 2012 article in The Vanguard, the student paper.
Administration at Portland State affirmed their position, the position of the state board of higher education, that banned carrying concealed weapons by anyone on campus property. This was in response to the state legislature passing a bill in March that would let non-Oregonians who hold concealed handgun licenses from other states carry their hidden guns in Oregon. I am not comfortable.
Today's New York Times noted this video:
"Stephen Barton who was supposed to spend the fall teaching English in Russia on a Fulbright fellowship. But shortly after midnight on July 20, a gunman in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., derailed those plans."
Mayors against Illegal Guns has produced the ad, will run it during the debates in some parts of the country. Please join me--demand a plan from Obama-- for a safer and saner future in America. Thanks so much.