Backlash Against Plan to Hire Shooting Coach

February 4, 2016

Simpson College, in Iowa, is facing criticism from some alumni for plans to hire a coach for a shooting team, The Des Moines Register reported. Students on the shooting team say that they are a student club like any other, and that they promote safe and responsible use of guns for sport. But critics have organized this petition, arguing that the college shouldn't be taking money from a pro-gun group to hire the coach. "We believe that the hiring of a full time shooting coach in these difficult financial times for Simpson, does in no way positively influence students to come to Simpson," the petition says. "There are many nationally awarded academic programs for prospective students to consider. We believe that sanctioned gun related activities have no place in our curriculum and call for the monies designated for them be applied to our college’s academic programs."


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