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Are More Guns and More Bullets The Answer?

April 15, 2008

CNN is reporting that students want the chance to defend themselves by being allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus.

There is one simple reason that campuses need to remain gun-free zones even moreso now that school shootings and threatening graffiti are plagueing the education system.  That reason is that by having a gun-free zone it makes it clear and simple to establish a criminal activity when a gun is found on a student.  Now, if every student is allowed to legally carry a concealed weapon on campus – there will be no way to establish whether the student is carrying the gun simply because it is now his or her legal right to do so or because the student has other motives.  If we take a look at both the NIU incident and the Virginia Tech incident, we allready know that these students had legal possession of firearms.  While these incidents ended in tragedy, a simple search reveals that there have been many other cases in which students have been caught with guns at schools.

Second, if a shooting takes place and a student did pull out a gun for self defense, in the seconds to minutes it may take officers to respond to gunshots, a second gun in the room may cause more confusion and  most likely apprehension on the part of officers in responding to a shooter as they have to now make a determination as to who is the shooter and who has a gun out for self protection – we’d most likely be asking ourselves how many lives could have been saved in those few seconds.  I would imagine that for the student carrying the gun for self-defense that it would make it even easier to be shot at – whether you have taken out the shooter and are now standing in a room with a gun in your hand or now have to put your hands up/throw your gun down as police enter the room – it seems that one becomes more vulnerable to being shot at.

Stricter gun control laws along with using some modern technology should help detect these types of situations before they happen.  Putting more guns and bullets onto these campuses is not going to solve anything.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2008 1:18 am

    I lost five friends to gun violence in Dec. 2005 and although it’s “unAmerican” to speak against one’s “right” to bear arms, I believe that every restriction and precaution necessary should be taken when it comes to schools, public places, and incompetent/mental unstable people.

    students want the chance to defend themselves by being allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus.

    First of all, they are the students, and while they, of course, have rights, they are still young and unexperienced. I can understand that students might be traumatized or uneasy because of the VT thing, but it is the responsibility of the school faculty, teachers, and parents who, presumably, have a bit more experience, to make the children not only feel safe, but to actually keep them safe as well.

    More guns is not the answer.

  2. June 28, 2008 10:45 am

    If I ever plan to go to college, I would probably hope that I could conceal a weapon because I would know that if a shooting happens in the room I was in, I’d shoot to wound, after suspect is down, I’d call authorities in, and listen to their orders…. If you EVER restrict this law and all those other students who don’t have the chance to melee them in any sort of way, they have to suffer.

  3. November 12, 2008 9:09 pm

    If you ever find a way to make evil people obey laws, you will win a Nobel Peace Prize. Until that day, disarming the ones who are NOT killing people is a disgustingly evil policy which leaves blood on your hands.

  4. Owen permalink*
    November 13, 2008 11:13 pm

    “a disgustingly evil policy which leaves blood on your hands” – that’s a rather revealing outburst of aggression in itself. If you wanted to, you could have put your argument in a more measured way. Then it could have been discussed. But your peremptory seizure of the moral high ground suggests that you’re unlikely to be a dispassionate judge of when the use of force might be appropriate.

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