Carrying guns on campus should not be encouraged
Stephen J. Feltoon's Oct. 2 guest viewpoint supporting the allowance of concealed firearms on Miami University's campus was one of the more out-of-touch and foolhardy articles I have seen in this newspaper.
Feltoon's logic for allowing students to possess guns on campus centers around the influx of Campus Crime Alerts in recent years, and how possessing a gun would have saved the victims of some of those crimes. Excluding burglaries, this year's Campus Crime Alerts have been about assaults occurring in the early hours of weekend mornings, and, as Feltoon points out, some have involved victims being attacked by knives (there have been no reported rapes). Feltoon, the detective that he is, observes that guns trump knives, and thus the crimes would have been averted if the victim had a gun to protect themselves.
Assuming the potential victim immediately recognizes the attacker as such and is not jumped from behind, this might be true. But look at what times these crimes occurred. Miami students tend to drink on the weekends, and it is unlikely the victims weren't drunk or hadn't been drinking at the time of the attacks. As Feltoon recognizes in his article, the law says you can't go into a bar with a gun and "drinking and even holding a gun can land you up to six months in jail." So, if following the law, most potential victims would likely not even be carrying the gun they own at the time they are likely to be attacked.
Most importantly, in most cases the crimes occurred off campus, not on it. So why is Feltoon proposing that Miami allow students to carry guns on campus? Perhaps the university has no legal authority to prohibit gun possession on campus (as the Utah Supreme Court ruled in that state), but why advocate campus gun possession? Feltoon lazily bases his case on his perception that guns stop crime, and if Miami students have guns on campus, there will in turn be less crime. What he fails to consider is that there is hardly any violent crime on Miami's campus.