This is in response to Mr. Williams' letter "ROTC members no less likely to misuse firearms," (Sept. 24). Addressing his main point, to say that an ROTC cadet isn't subject to scrutiny is laughable. I spent four years in ROTC in high school, went to boot camp, received firearms training and conducted night operations with and against marines and national guardsmen. One misstep on anything and the Gunny is on you like white on rice. Actually, if I could only give firearms to one person on campus, it's going to be the guy with military discipline.
This brings me to the heart of the matter. Mr. Williams says in his letter, "Why in this age of spree killers would we allow students to carry a gun across campus?" I'll tell you why: Against mass murderers, the best defense is not more gun control. Consider the logic in gun control. People can't be trusted with firearms, but they can be trusted to obey the laws against firearms?
The best defense against a spree killer armed with a glock is carrying a glock yourself. Statistically, using a firearm in self-defense is the safest and most effective means of protecting yourself. That is why Indiana, along with the majority of the states in the Union, allows its citizens to carry firearms with a permit. But here in academia, we still believe that by setting up a "Gun Free Zone," criminals, who act outside of the law, are going to start obeying the law.
Williams has a point. There is nothing stopping a student from buying a black market assault rifle and going on a rampage. Yet, we won't let licensed, trained individuals protect themselves or others.
Junior, College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences