Should Guns Be Allowed on College Campus?
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Armstrong Atlantic State University
Fall Semester 2009
Doctor Junseob Moon
Date of Submission: December 5, 2009
“Gun control? We need bullet control! I think every bullet should cost $5,000. Because if a bullet cost $5,000, we wouldn’t have any innocent bystanders.” (Rock, 1999) Chris Rock got a big laugh when he expressed his comical stance on the issues with guns. With the heart-wrenching reality of the Virginia Tech massacre, the issue of whether or not guns should be allowed on college campus has returned to the forefront of debates, and this is no longer a laughing matter. The country is torn between Gun right activist who are for the right to bear arms on campuses, and those who feel the same “rights-to-bear-arms” are the reason these college gun-crimes exist. It is important to know what is stated in the Second Amendment how the rights of the people are affected. In addition, the reader will learn about the two grass roots organizations on polar ends of the debates: the N.R.A. and the Brady Campaign. Are guns and schools politically ethical or social no-no’s? The question that is on everyone’s mind is how schools can become safer. Cops-in-class may be a theory that may help promote safer college campuses throughout the United States. The conclusion of this paper will contain the Author’s disposition on the unrelenting issue: should guns be allowed on college campuses? Second Amendment
To understand the issues on gun control, the reader must first understand what rights individuals have, and how certain restrictions may or may not violate the rights of the people. So why is it such a big topic of discussion? Those who are opposed to gun bans are defending the right of every American to bear arms. Those who are opposed to continue to allow guns are defending the right of every American to be free from harm. Federal law currently bans guns on school grounds except for the weapons carried by school security officers. The second Amendment, which was ratified in 1971, simply states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (Lithwick, 2001) History of Gun Crimes on College Campuses in the United States
On a summer day in 1966, right after killing his wife and mother, Charles J. Whitman dressed up like a workman, packed a steamer trunk full of guns, ammo, binoculars, a radio, and deodorant, and went to his University of Texas Campus. The student then stormed the spiral steps of the UT Observation Tower, killing people on the way to the top. Atop of the tower, he ten began the barrage of shots down toward the crowds below. One victim was a baby named Claire Wilson, the unborn fetus of a woman who survived the assault. In all, the assault resulted in 17 deaths, (2 including the wife and mother and 1 including his own) and earned the right to be called the deadliest College Campus shooting in the United States. A title, although undesired, that would go unsurpassed until the Virginia Tech Massacre of 2007, some 41 years later. (Preece, 1996) “I got on the ground and I was just thinking, like, there’s no way I’m going to survive this. All I could keep thinking of was my mom,” Trey Perkins, a sophomore at the Virginia Tech, said as he recounted the events of what is now considered the deadliest massacre in U.S. history. (Jansing, 2007) The gunman, who was later identified as Seung-Hui Cho, began his rampage early on the morning of April 16, 2007 by shooting 2 students in the dormitory. 2 ½ hours later, Cho made his way to the other side of the Campus to a classroom building. Equipped with two handguns and plenty of ammo, Cho then moved methodically throughout the building where he claimed the life of 30 more victims before...
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