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College presidents sign on for gun safety legislation

(WMC-TV) - Around the Mid-South people are weighing in about gun control in our nation. Adding to the debate are two Mid-South college presidents who are calling for reasonable and rational gun safety legislation.

More than 300 college presidents are taking a stand for gun safety legislation by signing an open letter to U.S. policy makers.

Christian Brothers University President, Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. was one of those presidents who signed the letter.

"It wasn't taking a stand one way or another but an opportunity to say on a college, we foster dialog," said Dr. John Smarrelli, Jr.

The letter focuses on identifying and treating mental health issues often related to gun safety measures.

"Let's enhance the dialog, let's look at issues such as guns themselves, mental health issues, other issues like that and lets have a real discussion about it," said Dr. Smarrelli.

While Dr. Smarrelli says he is opposed to allowing guns on college campuses, CBU students have a mixed reaction.

"I don't feel unsafe if someone carries a gun legally," said Cameron Volpe.

"I think as long as someone has a permit and is legally allowed to have a gun, I don't see what the problem is," agreed Anna Birg.

"We don't really need guns on campus, as far as owning guns period, I think that we should be allowed to own guns. I'm actually a gun owner myself," said Zakkary Torboco.

Rhodes College President William Troutt also signed the letter calling for strict gun laws.

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