Are Students Safe at School?
As the controversy with firearms being allowed at school continues, it seems as if students are becoming scared to attend a regular day at school. With the mass shootings that have been occurring, students do not feel like school is the safest place to be on a regular day. President Obama’s response to these shootings was. “somehow this has become routine.” The U.S has a disgusting and ongoing past of school shootings and it seems as if we are going in circles trying to figure out how to solve it.
Will a law allowing students and professors to carry firearms at school increase or decrease these random shootings, or how students feel about attending school? As you read on you will see the good, the bad, and the ugly about allowing firearms on community college campuses.
The biggest argument with gun control is the second amendment; this does not mean we have these unlimited rights to own a gun.
The simple reason to allow students. or professors, legally carry a gun is to simply protect themselves, not the second amendment. If a shooter bombards a classroom and no one is concealed everyone is hopeless. A gun is used for protection, not violence, and this is why this issue is a huge problem because gun owners do not know where to draw the line.
Owning a gun involves having common sense. One may use the gun for protection, whether for themselves or for others. I think having students and professors armed on campus is a good idea, if it is implemented strictly. This means following a thorough background check, psychological tests, and classes taken before granted the right to carry a gun and during each semester they are attending school.
For more information regarding the pros and cons of legal carry visit: http://gun-control.procon.org/
Although common sense, background checks and gun classes sound nice and easy; it is not in this generation. Guns are used for all the wrong reasons- this is why students are scared that it is possible the kid sitting next to them in ENG 101 could be allowed to carry a gun.
The last thing we need as a society is a professor having his life threatened with a gun because he gave a bad grade. We also do not need the mix of college stress, alcohol, drugs and guns. Students are literally scared to attend school and this the main problem.
Jonathan Snow, a professor at the University of Houston, created a debate after finding out the school is suggesting professors should consider changing their curriculum. This is because in August the university will be allowed to carry firearms on campus. Snow spoke about the slides they were presented, he said, “One slide of the presentation stated that professors might want to “be careful discussing sensitive topics,” “drop certain topics from your curriculum,” “not ‘go there’ if you sense anger” and “limit student access off hours.” Snow said the slide is an example of the “chilling effect” that professors worry the law will have.”
The ugly, well the statistics can speak for themselves on this one- and they are quite terrifying.
- 47% of school shootings took place in college
- On January 4th, 2012, a student at Weber State University in Utah was carrying a handgun in his pocket when it accidentally discharged, wounding him in the leg.
- On November 9th, 2012, an employee at the University of Denver dental school was showing her handgun to some colleagues when she accidentally fired it while trying to unjam it.
- On May 3rd, 2013, a student at the University of Southern Mississippi accidentally shot himself while sitting in a car on campus.
- On September 3rd, 2014, a professor at Idaho State University accidentally shot himself in the foot in the middle of class. Idaho had allowed campus carry only two months before.
“Students, by and large, think they’re invincible and that crime can’t or won’t happen to them,” Dale Burke, University of Wisconsin says. “Having your CD or iPod stolen is one thing. Having a gun stolen is a whole other ball game.” http://www.facilitiesnet.com/educationalfacilities/article/Does-Concealed-Carry-Make-Sense-In-Schools-And-On-Campus-Facilities-Management-Educational-Facilities-Feature–10070
To learn more about legal carry, the legislation, and how you can fight it, visit: http://keepgunsoffcampus.org/