WHEREAS, there has been an alarming increase in recent years in the incidents of gun violence on college campuses in this country; and
WHEREAS, on April 16, 2007 a gunman at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University killed thirty three people and injured many others; in February 2008 six people at Northern Illinois University were shot and killed; three were shot at Hampton University in April 2009; and in May 2009 one student was killed and another injured at Wesleyan University in Connecticut; and
WHEREAS, these senseless shootings destroy our country and deprive our communities of talented youth whose potential and contributions will never be realized; and
WHEREAS, Ryan C. Clark, who was a student at Virginia Tech was shot and killed after trying to help his fellow students; and
WHEREAS, Ryan C. Clark had a 4.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) and had a triple major in Psychology, Biology and English and hoped to pursue a doctorate in Psychology to work with the mentally impaired, and his death exemplifies the tragic loss to family and community; and
WHEREAS, the NAACP is addressing the issue of gun violence and is fighting for a society where students are educated in an environment free of violence and racial intimidation.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP acknowledges the memory of Ryan C. Clark and all the victims of gun violence on school campuses; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NAACP support the implementation of more stringent, protective measures to enhance student safety, including more comprehensive background checks and more thorough evaluation of students with medical or mental issues; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP reaffirms prior resolutions and supports sensible gun safety legislation which would make it difficult for people to obtain military style, semi-automatic assault weapons.