Why did 2008 rifle proposal face more resistance? Transparency.
In 2017, President George Bridges quickly and quietly approved the purchase of AR-15 rifles for campus police, leaving the community to grapple with the implications after the fact. This is not the first time Evergreen has confronted the issue of campus police and AR-15 rifles.
Former Director of Police Services Ed Sorger requested rifles in fall of 2008, ushering in a full year of “forums, dialogues, recommendations, and responses from the Evergreen community,” according to a 2009 Cooper Point Journal article by Madeline Berman.