Gervasi joins letter from educators seeking gun safety measures

Posted: Dec. 21, 2012 8:27 pm Updated: Jan. 12, 2013 2:15 am

Quincy University President Robert Gervasi, has joined more than 170 other college and university presidents in signing an open letter regarding gun safety legislation.

The letter calls on the nation's leaders to take action against gun violence. "As educators and parents, we come together to ask our elected representatives to act collectively on behalf of our children by enacting rational gun safety measures," it says. The letter was drafted by presidents Lawrence M. Schall of Oglethorpe University and Elizabeth Kiss of Agnes Scott College, both in Atlanta.

"While we respect the Second Amendment, more importantly we respect the right to life -- especially the lives of innocents. When rights conflict, then reasonable people need to find reasonable compromises," Gervasi said.

"The tragedy in Connecticut is the latest of many that compel us to advocate for sensible strategies to reduce gun violence in our society. The open letter does just that, and all citizens, especially legislators, should consider its suggestions," Gervasi said.

Schall has said the death rate by guns in the United States "has been at an unconscionable level for a very long time." Schall said there will be no single, simple solution for the problem, but inaction is not acceptable.