Fire Arms on Campus: Ban for Less Violence, or Legalize in Sense of Protection?

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Due to the current mayhem of sudden violence on campuses, many pro-gun activists have agreed that, not only professors, but students also should be allowed to carry guns on campuses. The Bill of Rights states that American people have the right to bear arms. That should be sacred to the people of America instead of infringed or taken away. But what cost comes to those who have committed violent crimes or have been suicidal? According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 6,300 out of 100,000 people were harmed due to self-inflicted injury with firearms. That leaves roughly 93, 700 people that did not use guns for self harm (5). The articles also say that 16,000 out of 100,000 were used for homicide in the year of 2012 (83). College students should be allowed to feel safe and protected, but only after being given a large number of tests. College students and staff should have the sense of safety that any other perpetrator has that has instigated in a school shooting. Imagine how safe the school shooters feel when being the one and only person in the entire building who has a gun. The mental state that the school shooter has is clearly not stable. Which brings the argument to this: When allowing concealed carry, why not do a number of back-ground tests, mental tests, and a long process in order to obtain a concealed carry license? Some of these things are already done to people who actually take the concealed carry test, but if a student wants to carry a gun on campus, the student must work for it. Concealed-carry shouldn’t be easy to obtain, but it should be offered at least. A number of anti-gun advocates have based many of their opinions on pure fear. After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary Schoo... ... middle of paper ... ...about "mission-oriented killers". 25 April. 2013. The Eagle. Web. 08 March 2014 Murphy, Sherry. Jiaquan, Xu. Kochanek, Kenneth. “National Vital Statistics Reports” Deaths: Final Data for 2010. 61.4 (2010): 8-53 Print. 4 March. 2014. Sherfinski, David. THE WASHINGTON TIMES. “College Presidents Oppose More Guns ON Campus.” Washington Times, The (2013): 3. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. Villahermosa Jr., Jesus M. "Guns Don't Belong in the Hands of Administrators, Professors, or Students." Chronicle of Higher Education 18 Apr. 2008. Web. 8 Mar. 2014. Wiley, Nikki. Hall, Michael. “Keep guns off campus, college president says.” Brunswick News. The (GA) 21 Dec. 2012. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. Wiseman, Rachel. “Campaign For Right To Carry Concealed Guns On Campuses Gains Traction.” Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed For Quick Review. 77.7 (2012): 53-56. Print. 17 Feb. 2014

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