Well it seems as though there is a movement to allow guns on college campuses. Clearly only by adults who are licensed by their states. But the movement is clear in a new MSNBC poll.
The poll asks:
**Should holders of valid permits to carry concealed weapons be allowed to take their guns on college campuses? ** * 15244 responses
]Yes; armed students and faculty could respond to a critical situation immediately.
*]No; allowing guns on campuses could confuse authorities in a real crisis.
You can add your vote at this link:
The news story from MSNBC is here:
Apparently there is a lot of fear on campuses across the nation and its probably unfounded fear as statics indicate colleges are very safe (until the shooting starts).
[quote=MSNBC story]A Justice Department study found 62 violent crimes per 100,000 college students in 2004, compared with 462 per 100,000 Americans overall. That was the last year of a decade-long survey of campus crime by the Justice Department, but data reported under the federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, also known as the Jeanne Clery Act, indicate that violent crime on campuses has not increased appreciably since then. But saturation news coverage of the mass shootings at Northern Illinois and Virginia Tech have put a spotlight on homicides on campuses, which jumped in 2006 and 2007.
From 2000 to 2005, colleges and universities reported an average of four student homicides a year on campus to the FBI. In 2006, that number doubled to eight. Last year, it rose another 50 percent to 12, not counting the 32 killed at Virginia Tech. That trend has continued so far this year: At least 13 college students have been slain on their campuses or after having been accosted on campus.
But at Indiana’s Ball State University, a professor sums it up this way:
[quote=MSNBC story]Paul Chandler, an associate professor of natural resources who is advising the Ball State chapter, said armed students could end a critical situation long before police could arrive at the scene.
“Whenever a university or school advertises itself as a gun-free zone, they’re basically saying, ‘Spree killers welcome,’ because they know everybody’s unarmed,” Chandler said. “Some people say, ‘Wouldn’t there be a shootout in the classroom?’ Well, a shootout in the classroom would probably be better than a massacre in the classroom.”
At the end of the article it points out that some law enforcement officers and others object to allowing licensed professors and adult students from carrying guns on campus, even if they are licensed to carry a gun off campus. They claim that when police arrive on the scene they will not know who the criminal is and they may be confused by the honest citizen with a gun.
The question I have to ask is when will the police show up? Don’t statics show that the police show up after the shootings are over in many, but not all, of these cases? So would not the police often arrive after the shooter is already dead? If so, then the professor or the adult student with the gun is certainly not a threat and probably has put the gun back down before the police make it to the crime scene.