Monday, August 27, 2018 4:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Colonial Church in Prairie Village (lower level, east side at back)
7039 Mission Road
The debate continues unabated, five years after the Kansas Legislature approved allowing guns on college campuses, with the law went into effect last July. Allowing guns on Kansas campuses frightens many parents, worries students, troubles administrators and confounds legislators. Despite that, Missouri lawmakers are working to pass similar legislation. Having guns on campus may be one reason for the drop in foreign student enrollment at some schools. At the very least, the issue has sparked discussion and activism.
Join us to understand the perspectives of a college professor and a student activist. We’ll hear from Kevin Willmott, film professor at the University of Kansas, who gained national attention when he chose to wear a bulletproof vest to class because he feels less safe with guns on campus. Prof. Willmott is also an outspoken advocate for free-speech on campus and an award-winning screenwriter and producer. In May, BlacKkKlansman, the new movie he co-wrote with Spike Lee, won the prestigious Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in France, and received a 10-minute standing ovation from the audience at its debut.
Prof. Willmott will be joined by Megan Jones, the student activist profiled in a Bloomberg Blog in May. She is a relentless advocate who launched failcampuscarry.com, and in 2016 became a citizen lobbyist to fight the “guns everywhere” mentality.
We will also introduce a fun, new idea for observing Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 9.
VOTE on August 7!
It is crucial that we make our voices heard in in each election. To be as informed as possible, visit this website from the League of Women Voters. Just enter your address to find your polling place, get an online voters’ guide in your jurisdiction, compare candidates’ positions side-by-side, and print out a “ballot” indicating your preferences to take with you to the polls on Election Day.
Because it is so important, we are repeating information we sent last month:
1. Guns a hot issue for Democrats in Kansas governor’s race
2. Congressional candidates on the issues: Preventing school shootings
3. KS House Races – the Kansas Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence recently surveyed Kansas House of Representatives candidates in Johnson County to learn their stand on three important gun-related issues.
Candidates were asked if they support or oppose:
- Expanded background checks
- Repeal of concealed campus carry
- Adoption of Extreme Risk Protection Orders, allowing temporary removal of firearms from individuals deemed by a judge to be a threat either to themselves or others.
Here are the results. There are some blank spaces, because some candidates did not respond to calls and emails. For a few candidates, they could not find contact information. Unopposed candidates were not surveyed.