Concealed Carry Statement
The faculty of the Department of Film & Media Studies believe that concealed carry on campus undermines a safe living, working and learning environment. While nominally enacted in the interest of “safety,” the measure will likely only contribute to the epidemic of firearm injury and death unique to the United States. As just one recent example, a 2017 study found that firearms are now the third leading cause of mortality among children in the U.S. One cannot think of any other public health policy solution that compounds the problem in this way.
Further, concealed carry, as mandated by statute through the Kansas State Legislature, creates an atmosphere of fear among students, faculty, staff and administrators that disproportionately targets persons of difference. The free, open and earnest discussion of ideas and social issues is central to the University’s mission to “prepare students for lives of learning and for the challenges educated citizens encounter in an increasingly complex and diverse global community.” Through this statute, discussions of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation, among others, are stifled, in and out of the classroom.
The Department of Film & Media Studies stands in solidarity with students, faculty, staff and administrators who support public safety and academic freedom and oppose concealed carry on campus.