Allowing Students and Faculty Concealed Weapons Could Save LivesPosted: February 6, 2013
The topic of concealed weapon permits is inevitably going to be discussed with the coming of new legislation on guns, however there are those that believe that a specific change that should come with these permits is the allowing of students and faculty to own them on campuses.
Over the past few years there have been several, unfortunate school shootings such as the Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook massacres, however in both cases the shooter was only stopped by taking their own life. As a result, the question has been asked as to whether the tragedies could have been lessened or even prevented had there been a student of faculty member with their own weapon to retaliate against the attack.
There have been several organized groups petitioning for the allowing of concealed weapons on campuses, one of the most notable being Students for Concealed Carry. The group has support in specific schools within multiple states as well, such as the Georgia Tech group. The group claims to be made up of 43,000 students, professors, college employees, parents of college students, and concerned citizens, and uses examples such as the 1997 Mississipi shooting to try and make their case, in which they believe that allowing concealed weapons on campuses would help save lives if students and faculty could respond in force.
This subject has arguments on both ends of the spectrum however. Reasons for opposition allowing concealed carry on campuses include believing that college students simply aren’t mature enough to carry weapons responsibly. Other reasons are the belief that multiple owners of concealed guns could cause potential problems for police responding to a threat.
As Americans, we have the Second Amendment which gives us the right to bear arms, but where should we draw the line on when and where that applies? Should students and faculty be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campuses? Would carrying concealed weapons actually help prevent potential disasters or keep them from escalating? Would the allowing of concealed weapons on campus, in fact, actually cause more problems than solve them?