Skip to comments.FR Gun Club: Answers to the Most Common Arguments Against Concealed Carry on College Campuses
Posted on 09/11/2008 3:09:05 AM PDT by chicagolady
It's back to school time kiddies!How can we ensure the safety of our college kids? More people are starting to realize the cold hard facts that an armed student is a safe student. The following are some good answers to questions about guns and campuses. While we love the Second Amendment, we need to arm ourselves with knowledge also to answer the naysayers!
Argument: "Guns on campus would lead to an escalation in violent crime."
Answer: "Since the fall semester of 2006, state law has allowed licensed individuals to carry concealed handguns on the campuses of all nine public colleges in Utah. Concealed carry has been allowed at Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO) for more than five years and at Blue Ridge Community College (Weyers Cave, VA) for more than thirteen years. After allowing concealed carry on campus for a combined total of more than seventy semesters, none of these eleven schools have seen a single resulting incident of gun violence, a single gun accident, or a single gun theft. Likewise, none of the forty right-to-carry states have seen an increased rate of gun violence since legalizing concealed carry, despite the fact that licensed citizens in those states regularly carry concealed handguns in places like office buildings, movie theaters, grocery stores, shopping malls, restaurants, churches, banks, etc. Numerous studies*, including studies by University of Maryland senior research scientist John Lott, University of Georgia professor David Mustard, engineering statistician William Sturdevant, and various state agencies, show that concealed handgun license holders are five times less likely than non-license holders to commit violent crimes."
*Crime, Deterrence, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns, John Lott and David Mustard, Journal of Legal Studies (v.26, no.1, pages 1-68, January 1997); An Analysis of the Arrest Rate of Texas Concealed Handgun License Holders as Compared to the Arrest Rate of the Entire Texas Population, William E. Sturdevant, September 1, 2000; Florida Department of Justice statistics, 1998; Florida Department of State, Concealed Weapons/Firearms License Statistical Report, 1998; Texas Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Census Bureau, reported in San Antonio Express-News, September 2000; Texas Department of Corrections data, 1996-2000, compiled by the Texas State Rifle Association
Argument: "Guns on campus would lead to an increased number of suicides by college students."
Answer: "Studies* show that 90% of suicides are committed in the home. Because most college students over the age of twenty-one (the minimum age to obtain a concealed handgun license in most states) live off campus, allowing concealed carry on college campuses would have very little impact on the ability of college students to possess firearms in their homes and, therefore, little to no impact on the overall number of suicides by college students."
*Youth and Adolescent Suicide: A Guide for Educators, Oregon Resiliency Project, University of Oregon, 2003; After Suicide: A Ray of Hope for Those Left Behind, Eleanora Betsy Ross, 2001
NOTE: At the University of Texasa major university with over 50,000 studentsa quick comparison of campus housing statistics and concealed handgun licensing statistics reveals that there would likely be no more than ten to twenty concealed handgun license holders living in on-campus housing.
Argument: "Guns on campus would distract from the learning environment."
Answer: "Ask anyone in a right to carry state when he or she last noticed another person carrying a concealed handgun. The word 'concealed' is there for a reason. Concealed handguns would no more distract college students from learning than they currently distract moviegoers from enjoying movies or office workers from doing their jobs.
In most states with shall-issue concealed carry laws, the rate of concealed carry is about 1%. That means that one person out of 100 is licensed to carry a concealed handgun. Therefore, statistically speaking, a packed 300-seat movie theater contains three individuals legally carrying concealed handguns, and a shopping mall crowded with 1,000 shoppers contains ten individuals legally carrying concealed handguns. Students who aren't too afraid to attend movies or go shopping and who aren't distracted from learning by the knowledge that a classmate might be illegally carrying a firearm shouldn't be distracted from learning by the knowledge that a classmate might be legally carrying a firearm.
Argument: "Colleges are too crowded to safely allow the carry of concealed weapons."
Answer: "Colleges are no more crowded than movie theaters, office buildings, shopping malls, and numerous other locations where concealed handgun license holders are already allowed to carry concealed handguns. The widespread passage of shall-issue concealed carry laws has not led to spates of shootings or gun thefts at those locations."
Argument: "A person with a gun could snap and go on a killing spree."
Answer: "Contrary to popular myth, most psychiatric professionals agree that the notion of a previously sane, well-adjusted person simply snapping and becoming violent is not supported by case evidence. A Secret Service study* into school shootings concluded that school shooters do not simply snap and that a persons downward spiral toward violence is typically accompanied by numerous warning signs."
*Safe School Initiative: An Interim Report on the Prevention of Targeted Violence in Schools, U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education with support from the National Institute of Justice, Co-Directors Bryan Vossekuil, Marissa Reddy PhD, Robert Fein PhD, October 2000
Argument: "A dangerous person might jump someone who is carrying a gun, take the gun, and use it to do harm."
Answer: "Even assuming that this hypothetical dangerous person knew that an individual was carrying a concealed handgun, which is unlikely, there are much easier ways for a criminal to acquire a firearm than by assaulting an armed individual."
Argument: "Dorms are notoriously vulnerable to theft. It would be too easy for someone to steal an unattended firearm from a dorm."
Answer: "The vulnerability of dorms to theft does not necessitate a campus-wide ban on concealed carry by licensed individuals. There are numerous other options, from community gun lockups to small, private gun safes that can be secured to walls, floors, bed frames, etc."
NOTE: On most college campuses very few students of legal age to obtain a concealed handgun license still live in dorms. Even at the University of Texasa major university with over 50,000 studentsa quick comparison of campus housing statistics and concealed handgun licensing statistics reveals that there would likely be no more than ten to twenty concealed handgun license holders living in on-campus housing.
Argument: "Its possible that a gun might go off by accident."
Answer: "Accidental discharges are very rareparticularly because modern firearms feature multiple safety features and because a handguns trigger is typically not exposed when it is concealedand only a small fraction of accidental discharges result in injury. SCCC feels that it is wrong to deny citizens a right simply because that right is accompanied by a negligible risk."
NOTE: Only about 2% of all firearm-related deaths in the U.S. are accidental, and most of those are hunting accidents and accidents involving firearms being openly handled in an unsafe manner. A person is five times more likely to accidentally drown, five times more likely to accidentally die in a fire, 29 times more likely to die in an accidental fall, and 32 times more likely to die from accidental poisoning than to die from an accidental gunshot wound.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: The accidental discharge that occurred in the cockpit of a U.S. Airways jet, on March 22, 2008, occurred during the application of a poorly designed trigger lock, which FAA regulations require be in place during landing.
Argument: "Its unlikely that allowing concealed carry on college campuses could help prevent a Virginia Tech-style massacre because most college students are too young to obtain a concealed handgun license."
Answer: "Nineteen of the thirty-two victims of the Virginia Tech massacre were over the age of twenty-one (the minimum age to obtain a concealed handgun license in Virginia and most other states)."
Argument: "Colleges are emotionally volatile environments. Allowing guns on campus will turn classroom debates into crime scenes."
Answer: "Before shall-issue concealed carry laws were passed throughout the United States, opponents claimed that such laws would turn disputes over parking spaces and traffic accidents into shootouts. This did not prove to be the case. The same responsible adultsage twenty-one and abovenow asking to be allowed to carry their concealed handguns on college campuses are already allowed to do so virtually everywhere else. They clearly do not let their emotions get the better of them in other environments; therefore, no less should be expected of them on college campuses."
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Looks good. Thanks for posting the article. And welcome to the club. :)
It is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it!
A thought from “gun free” New York City on the seventh anniversary of 9/11!
Woohoo! My kind of thread! I’m on the national Board of Directors for SCCC, as well as a media liaison, state head, campus leader, and sometimes, I boil the coffee.
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You done right fine there.
My youngest will be going to college in a couple of years, she already has her carry gun picked out in the safe.
During the time I was in school they had a rash of muggings and rapes on the campus. They handed out whistles to students and told them not to travel alone while on campus. We even had police officers taking classes and they couldn't (legally) bring weapons on campus.
My, what a novel definition for partying.
NOTICE: The debate classes are closed until further notice.
Here’s an easy one for lib bed-wetters: “When bad people do bad things, who’s going to stop them? You?”
Very nice post. Good job!
Never Forget September 11.
Perhaps you could help me with the saying:
When your cell phone battery is dead, how many minutes until the police arrive?
When our daughter was in college she worked at night near the front door of a women's dorm.
Among her instructions were:
"If you see a student who has been raped or assaulted, DO NOT call the local police, call campus security."
Many colleges and universities don't want little things like rapes or assaults reported to police, it would hurt their image.
It gets better.
Depending on the situation, you can do it this way:
“When bad people do bad things, whos going to stop them? You? Then sweep your coat or vest aside to revel your carry and say, “Or me?”
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