More Guns on Campus? - Newsweek's take
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More Guns on Campus?
By Suzanne Smalley | Newsweek Web Exclusive
It was a sickeningly familiar scene. A student-gunman opened fire Thursday during a lecture at Northern Illinois University, killing five and wounding 15 before turning the gun on himself. The deadly spree was the fifth school shooting this week—and a traumatic reminder that for all the efforts to improve campus security nationwide since the massacre at Virginia Tech last year, students and faculty remain disturbingly vulnerable.
A nonprofit organization called Students for Concealed Carry on Campus would like to change that. The group, whose 12,000 members nationwide include college students, faculty and parents, champions legislation that would allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on campus, in the hope that an alert and well-trained citizen could stop a deranged shooter before he or she could do serious damage. According to the National Conference on State Legislatures, 13 states are currently considering some form of "concealed carry" legislation aimed at campuses. Utah is the group's model; after a state Supreme Court ruling found that the state university had violated a law allowing permit holders to carry concealed weapons, the school agreed that guns could legally be carried on its grounds. Some states, like Colorado, do not explicitly ban licensed students and faculty from carrying hidden weapons onto school grounds, though most universities in such states impose restrictions of their own.
There's a choice to be made
Officials in charge of our colleges and universities are going to have to decide whether to tell their students that it is OK to be lawfully armed if they so desire; OR if they hear shooting or see a gunman, just dive under the desk and pray (OOPS!, can we pray in school??).
I don't remember seeing more than one or two fights when I went to college. I am having a hard time understanding why a student or anyone for that matter would want to commit these type of atrocities. However, here we are with these harsh realities and I know for sure I wouldn't want to be a "sitting duck", with no means of self defense to help me and maybe others survive.
As a student faced with certain death I would much rather be able to increase my odds of survival by shooting back!
Also, if the perpetrator of these shootings new that there would be several students with guns somewhere within the 150 present, this fact alone might deter some acts.
Rant time! heres a place sorry for typos
Coming from rural Virginia, growing up in high school we always had an armed resource officer. He was present anytime there was a crowd, assmebly or gathering. Our local sporting events, you name it...theres deputies or a resource officer there. These were usually the case to prevent light physcial altercations, and let me say in the presence of an armed officer there wasnt any fist fights.
If america doesnt wake up and realize that they cannot afford to pay for armed secuirty in every setting or wise up and allow concealed carry what will the solution be?!!
I find myself going to get a haircutt at my local mall, oops swat team and bomb squad...sumbody left a note that they were gonna blow the place up. And the first thing that comes to my mind is reading the door removal of constituational rights sign....(not sure why that isnt there anymore, thank you Mr Pierce!!) but yeah I needed to vent this...
I think they should revamp these signs with big orange letters
GUN FREE ZONE
NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR DEATH
Its kinda like the risk of death from fire disclaimer that used to be in movie theaters.
If i had been in that auditorium in IL and allowed to carry I know Id had a fighting chance if somebody came down the row where id been hiding or wherever i may have retreated to.
Maybe they should put air powered taser rifles that can be used by anyone in little glass cases everywhere, In the event of shooter break glass.. please for heavens sake do something... I mean the goverment isnt gonna protect you, nether is the establishment, and both dont trust you to be able to do it youeself. Then you got whacko sentators that try to ban bullet proof vests from civillans (whole nother rant there), its like there saying you cant wear your seatbelt, you might be tempted to cause an accident knowing you may survive, but dont worry help will be there soon.