Do Campus Gun Bans Really Make Sense? January 10, 2018
January 10, 2018
Because of recent state legislation and court rulings, ten states now have provisions allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses. These states are Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
There are 11 states that expressly prohibit concealed carry on campuses even by persons with a valid concealed handgun license/permit. These states are: CA, DE, IL, LO, MA, MI, MO, NM, NJ, NY, and WY.
There are 19 Right-to-Carry states that leave the decision entirely to each college/university. These states are AL, AK, AZ, CO, HI, IN, IA, NH, ME, MD, MT, NV, PA, RI, SD, VT, VA, WA, WV.
The remaining states allowed concealed guns only in locked cars in parking lots.
All fifty states have passed laws allowing qualified individuals to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from a designated government authority at the state and/or local level.
If the state allows concealed carry, why wouldn’t the universities and colleges in that state allow it as well?
The anti-gun prevailing mentality in government points to:
• Shooting tragedies that took place at Virginia Tech etc. demonstrate the devastating effect guns have on schools and their surrounding communities.
• Allowing students to possess guns on campus will only lead to more deaths and injuries.
• Federal and state laws deeming schools gun-free zones have significantly reduced gun violence in these places.
• Federal and state laws that pose harsh penalties for gun possess help keep our children and educators safe.
Those that support campus carry lean on different arguments:
• Mass murderers target gun-free zones including colleges and universities that ban firearms on campus.
• Banning firearms on campus endangers law-abiding citizens because Criminals don’t follow laws.
• College and university police are not prepared or equipped to prevent violent crime.
• Laws that prohibit campus carry turn educators and students into victims.
AN OCTOBER 2016 Study conducted by the Citizens Crime Commission of NYC looked at 190 incidents where at least 1 person was shot at 142 colleges from 2001 to 2016. The research revealed:
• From 2001 to 2016, the number of shootings increased 153%.
• 12 states experienced more than 5 shooting incidents, which account for 64% of the 190 total shooting incidents: TN, CA, VA, GA, NC, and FL.
• Of the 12 states that experienced more than 5 shooting incidents, only 1 allowed concealed carry on campus.
The choice to participate in one’s own defense should be left to the individual, not mandated by the government.