Are More Guns and More Bullets The Answer?
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.