It is unfortunate that laws like this hurt the 'real' citizens. No citizen who uses a gun in a malicious manner should prosper from banning others from carrying a weapon.
I understand that people want to feel safer on campus but I don’t think allowing students to bring guns on campus will do so. According to the San Francisco-based Legal Community Against Violence, the average person is unequipped to handle a gun especially considering the fact that only six states require any kind of training before issuing a routine permit to own a gun.
In that kind of situation the stress is so intense the average person can’t handle such intense pressure and this opens them up to being attacked just as much as someone who does not have a gun on their person. Also more people owning guns doesn’t mean that people more people are safe. The United States has some of the most lax gun laws in the world but that does not correspond to us having the lowest crime rates in the world.
I don’t think allowing students to have guns will protect people from crime it will just enable more people to get shot. I think the real solution to campus safety is to have more campus security especially in parking lots so people won’t be caught off guard in abandoned lots late at night. I also think they should reinstall the alert polls because without them students are a lot more unsafe.
Banning guns on campus is a common sense rule. There are no facts or statistics that several thousand armed kids would make the campus safer. Quite the contrary. The testerone tigers would end up accidently shooting themselves or some innocent person.
oops- I meant testosterone, and might add that allowing guns on campus may increase robbery and theft as the bad boys would view it as a candy store for guns.
I'm really curious as to where you have found your assertions to be fact. In states which allow concealed carry on campus, the "blood in the streets" scare tactics of the uninformed just don't come to fruition.
And it wouldn't be "several thousand armed kids" at MTSU or on any campus. The total percentage of permit holders in the state is miniscule. At most, it would be a few hundred, mostly non-traditional (older) students.
And there are facts which prove otherwise. States like Utah currently allow CCW holders to carry on campus and overall campus crime has declined.
Once again, I'm really interested in having an honest discussion about the facts behind concealed carry on university campuses, devoid of the "Wild West"-style fantasies of the anti-gun crowd. Let me know, thanks.
I agree with HurttPride. Most of the armed students would be non-traditional students. You would not have "kids" on campus that are armed. A person must be at least 21 to apply for a carry permit. Which means at least a junior/senior. Faculty should also be allowed to carry on campus. A good read on the subject is More Guns, Less Crime by John R. Lott. He held a conference at Vanderbilt Univ. in the spring. I think the conference is on youtube also.