Concealed Weapons on Campus: Opportunity or Epidemic?
“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.” The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution has started many debates over the years. The right to bear arms is an issue that many are passionate about because of the impact it may have on public safety. College campuses across America have been debating the issue of allowing concealed weapons on campus for decades.
According to an article from authors Theodore Day, Stan Liebowitz, and Craig Pirrong guns make colleges a safer place to be. They begin with a statement that “mass public shootings almost exclusively occur in public places where concealed weapons are banned.” A simple solution, in their eyes, would be to allow concealed permit holders to carry a firearm on campus. They argue that when it comes to matters of life and death public policies should be decided only after analyzing the competing risks.
Some believe that gun free zones can reduce the risk to public safety, especially when it comes to the risk of mass public shootings. The data suggests that this is not necessarily true, “All multiple-victim public shootings in the United States with more than three fatalities have occurred where concealed handguns are prohibited.” (Day, Liebowitz and Pirrong 2009 ) It is suggested that criminals may cause more crime in areas that are gun-free because there is less risk of quickly being stopped.
Some of the benefits to allowing concealed weapons are based on the truth that “first responders”, police officers, are not able to be everywhere all of the time. In many situations the first person to have the ability to respond to a crisis involving a shooting is an armed citizen. In many situations permit holders have been able to disarm and/or disable those that were attempting to harm multiple citizens. Further studies also suggest that laws that...
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