Kent State Drops Plans to Buy M-16s for Police
As a result of student objections, Kent State University officials decided
against buying eight M-16 rifles for its police force, the Associated Press
reported Jan. 29. "The outpouring of comment in the last few days makes it
clear that this particular rifle is not appropriate for this university,"
said University President Carol Cartwright.
Plans called for Kent State police to purchase M-16s from the Pentagon to
replace the aging Marlin Camp 9mm rifles that are kept in locked
compartments in their patrol cars.
Students were against the idea of military weapons being brought on campus.
Kent State University is where National Guardsmen fired on antiwar
protesters in 1970. Four students were killed and nine wounded during the
Vietnam War protest.
"The M-16 purchase would be an insult to the memory of the victims of May
4, 1970," said student Michelle Touve.
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