The University of California Student Association (UCSA) want University of California President Janet Napolitano to denounce investments in gun companies, and to pledge that there will be no future investments made.
According to The Daily Californian, the UCSA passed a resolution on March 8 “calling for the university to divest from the firearm industry,” and asking for a public announcement to accompany the divestment.
Resolution co-author Melvin Singh said: “While (the UC Office of the President) claims not to be invested, they have not stated publicly that they would ban investing in the gun industry. We want a guarantee that they will never invest again.”
Napolitano is a former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
Singh said Elliot Rodger’s May 2014 Santa Barbara attack, in which three persons were shot to death and three persons were stabbed to death, highlighted the pressing nature of divesting from gun companies.
The UCSA also pointed to statements the university made following the 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, wherein “the university said it withdrew more than $35 million from Cerberus Capital Management,” a firm liberals tried to blacklist because of its ownership of firearms conglomerate Freedom Group at the time of the attack. USCA executive director Marcy Straw said no “publicly available” information has been released to prove the university actually withdrew these funds.
The UCSA wants proof.
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