American Scholarly Societies Joint Statement on “Campus Carry” Legislation

The American Historical Association joins our colleagues in 28 other scholarly societies in opposing legislation designed to facilitate the carrying  of guns on college campuses.  We encourage our members in any state considering such legislation to bring the perspective of historians and educators to the debate. The joint statement is printed below.

American Scholarly Societies Joint Statement on “Campus Carry” Legislation

The undersigned learned societies are deeply concerned about the impact of Texas’s new Campus Carry law on freedom of expression in Texas universities. The law, which was passed earlier this year and takes effect in 2016, allows licensed handgun carriers to bring concealed handguns into buildings on Texas campuses. Our societies are concerned that the Campus Carry law and similar laws in other states introduce serious safety threats on college campuses with a resulting harmful effect on students and professors.

American Academy of Religion
American Anthropological Association
American Antiquarian Society
American Association for the History of Medicine
American Folklore Society
American Historical Association
American Musicological Society
American Philosophical Association
American Political Science Association
American Studies Association
American Society for Aesthetics
American Society for Environmental History
American Sociological Association
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Association of American Geographers
College Art Association
Latin American Studies Association
Law and Society Association
Linguistic Society of America
Medieval Academy of America
Middle East Studies Association
Modern Language Association
National Communication Association
National Council on Public History
Oral History Association
Society for American Music
Society of Architectural Historians
Society of Biblical Literature
Society for Ethnomusicology
World History Association

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    1. Mikael Wolfe

      Likewise, I applaud the statement, and hope many more scholarly associations will join. I think we should also stand in solidarity with national gun safety groups trying to bring sanity back to the gun issue which has been hijacked by extremists. We have great historians of the Constitution and gun policy (Slotkin, Rakove, among many others) whose work shows the historical fallacy that the Second Amendment was never meant as an absolute individual liberty to possess firearms.

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