Los Angeles’s Occidental College has pledged to avoid any investments in companies that produce military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines for sale to the general public. The college’s faculty, horrified by the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012 along with other mass shootings, urged trustees to make such a move.
“It’s a statement of principle about the mission of higher education to be a voice of reason in a world of a lot of violence,” said Peter Dreier, an Occidental politics professor, who, along with religious studies professor Dale Wright, was a major figure on the issue. Learning institutions should “be held to a higher standard in their investment portfolios.”
Jennifer Fiore, executive director of Campaign to Unload, welcomed the news. “I believe other campuses will take notice and see this as a step they can easily take as well.”