As the number of mass shootings in the United States continues to rise, so does the debate over gun control. One controversial issue is whether guns should be allowed on college campuses.
Currently, there is no federal law that prohibits firearms on college campuses. However, individual schools are allowed to set their own policies regarding guns. Some schools have decided to ban guns altogether, while others have chosen to allow them under certain circumstances.
Proponents of banning guns on campus argue that it would make students and faculty members feel safer. They also believe that it would reduce the likelihood of mass shootings occurring on college campuses.
Opponents of banning guns on campus argue that it would infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens. They also believe that gun-free zones are not effective in preventing mass shootings from occurring.
The issue of guns on college campuses is a complex and polarizing one. There is no easy answer, and ultimately it is up to each individual school to decide whether or not to allow guns on their campus.
A graduate student leaving an evening class makes a long, chilly walk to the parking lot— it’s a lengthy, dark trek in the pitch-black night, and the student gets nervous as shadows creep up on her. Someone springs out in front of her, immediately putting her in danger with force. The student is assaulted before she has a chance to react.
This is just one example of the dangers that exist on college campuses today. With the rise in gun violence, many students are living in fear—afraid to walk to their car at night, afraid to go to class, and afraid even to step foot on campus.
While some states have tried to pass laws banning guns on college campuses, these efforts have largely been unsuccessful. In fact, many colleges and universities actually allow guns on campus, either through concealed carry laws or by explicit policy. This means that anyone—including students, faculty, and staff—can legally carry a gun on campus.
With so many guns on college campuses, it’s no wonder that shootings and other violent incidents are becoming more and more common. In the past year alone, there have been several high-profile shootings on college campuses, including at Texas A&M University and Santa Monica College.
Guns on college campuses are a recipe for disaster. They create an environment of fear and insecurity, and they make it all too easy for violence to erupt. It’s time to ban guns on college campuses once and for all—before another student becomes a victim of gun violence.
This is a terrible situation, and one that occurs on the SCSU campus every year. It seems like we get an e-mail every week about another assault on students somewhere on or near campus. However, if we allowed students to carry guns as a defensive measure, all of these assaults could be prevented. Although my primary concern is safety, I also have other reasons to support this proposal.
The main argument for this solution is that it would allow students to defend themselves in the event of an attack. Allowing guns on campus would also act as a deterrent to potential attackers, who would know that they might face armed resistance. There have been several studies that show that more guns generally lead to less crime, and I think this could definitely apply to the SCSU campus.
There are some drawbacks to this solution as well. First of all, it would be very difficult to control who has access to guns on campus. We would need to make sure that only responsible, level-headed students were carrying firearms, and even then there is always the risk of accidents or misuse. Additionally, some people simply feel uncomfortable around guns, and I think we need to respect their wishes as well.
First and foremost, it is our constitutional right to bear arms. Despite the fact that there have been arguments about how it should be interpreted, I believe it indicates that if law-abiding, trained, and eligible citizens wish to carry a firearm for self-defense, they should be able to do so. Right now, this does not apply on campus. “The present legal situation does not prevent students from carrying firearms on campus,” said Terence McCloskey, SCCC’s campus leader at SCSU (SCCC).
“However, most public institutions have policies that do.” In the state of Connecticut, it is legal to open carry and concealed carry with a permit. There are nine states that currently allow concealed weapons on campus: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
SCCC is a national organization with about 40,000 members nationwide and about 400 on SCSU’s campus. The organization started in 2007 in response to the mass shooting at Virginia Tech. The goal of SCCC is not to lobby for guns on campus but to give students the option to concealed carry if they so choose said McCloskey. Currently, there are 23 states with legislation pending that would allow concealed weapons on college campuses.
Opponents to guns on campus say that it would create an unsafe environment. “The presence of guns makes people feel less safe and therefore can lead to more aggression and violence,” said Ellen Cohn, a professor in the psychology department at SCSU who specializes in criminal justice.
According to a study done by the Center for Disease Control, from 2009 to 2013 there were 160 homicides and 521 suicides committed with firearms on U.S. college campuses. In 2012, there were 11 mass shootings on U.S. college campuses according to Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, an organization that advocates for gun control. They define a mass shooting as “when four or more people, not including the shooter, are murdered with guns.”
People who are in support of guns on campus say that it would make people feel safer and be a form of self-defense. “If someone has a gun and they’re carrying it concealed, then somebody else with bad intentions doesn’t know that they have that gun so they’re less likely to try anything,” said McCloskey.
Some students feel strongly about being able to carry on campus while others don’t see the need. Junior business major Dylan Pellegrino said, “I think people should be able to protect themselves however they see fit. If that means carrying a gun then so be it.”
Senior psychology major Nicole Richardson said, “I don’t think people should have guns on campus because I feel like it would make the environment more hostile. People are already on edge and if someone had a gun it would make people even more paranoid.”
The issue of guns on college campuses is one that is not going away anytime soon and will continue to be debated. Whether you are for or against guns on campus, the conversation is one that needs to be had.