Would Your College Be Safer If Guns Were Allowed On Campus?
It’s only a month into the school year, and with three campus shootings already (and a total of 42 school shootings in 2015), we have to just say, “WTF?” Two college campuses, Northern Arizona University and Texas Southern University, came under gunfire today, leaving one dead on each campus. This is just one week after nine students were killed at Umbqua Community College in Oregon when a gunman opened fire. Why do tragedies like this happen again and again, never sparking policy reform that will save students lives? How many innocent kids have to die before someone says “Enough!”?
President Obama might have said he’s down to to tighten gun control laws, but students who have been threatened by gun violence aren’t with it. In the wake of tragedy, they want to take control of their own safety rather than leaving the decision up to politicians who won’t even touch the issue. Basically, they want more guns.
“It’s opened my eyes,” 19 year old J. J. Vicari, who was in the building where the Umbqua gunman opened fire, told the New York Times. “I want to have a gun in the house to protect myself, to protect the people I’m with. I’m sure I’ll have a normal life and never have to go through anything like this, but I want to be sure.”
You probably don’t know that right now, all 50 states allow citizens to carry concealed weapons if they meet certain requirements. 31 of those states allow universities to decide for themselves if students or faculty members are allowed to carry guns on college campuses, and 8 states expressly allow concealed weapons on campus. It’s almost like those states are in favor of violence: when a plethora of guns is so clearly a problem, how can we, in good faith, support bringing even more deadly weapons into our schools and into our streets?
My dad always says, “If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” Stricter gun control laws will not stop massacres like these, because with tighter laws, the only people with guns will be those who want to harm someone else. No one will have guns for protection and everyone will be left vulnerable to the will of criminals. Come on, could the pepper spray in your handbag really save your life?
On the other hand, would you feel safe in your lectures knowing that the peers around you could well be carrying handguns in their backpacks? Are we really considering a world where a hothead failing a midterm could result in a fatal attack? Here’s an idea: schools should adopt a new policy of putting THC in the dining hall food. That’s one way to mellow out any gun-happy students.
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