Guns are Now Legally Allowed on Some College Campuses

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Guns are Now Legally Allowed on Some College Campuses

PistolThe argument has been going on for a while now: should students and teachers be able to carry concealed weapons on university campuses? Advocates say that by not allowing students to arm themselves, we are making college campuses a vulnerable target for deranged psychopaths. Those who oppose the policy think that campuses should be a safe-zone where there are no weapons allowed. For a long time, most colleges have not been allowing guns on their campuses. However, it seems that there might be an upcoming shift in this policy.

On Wednesday, the state of Oregon overturned a rule that prohibited guns on state campuses. This made it legal for those who have concealed carry permits to bring their guns onto college grounds. Colorado and Utah also have similar laws.

During the summer of 2011, Wisconsin and Mississippi both passed laws that allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to bring their guns onto public campuses. Interestingly enough, the new law in Mississippi conflicts with a current law in the state that does not allow anyone to carry a weapon in a public or private school building.

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Should Guns Be Allowed on a College Campus?

Imagine you are sitting in your Intro to Political Science classroom. It’s a lecture hall and there are almost 250 people enrolled in your class. The professor is kind of boring, so you glance over to your left and see another student’s open backpack. Inside the backpack is a gun, and he’s reaching into his bag right now. Scary right?

It’s scenarios like this one that make most universities hesitant to allow students with concealed-carry permits to bring their handguns onto the campus. The student from my example might just be reaching for a pencil, but he could also be reaching for the gun, which he would be legally allowed to have on campus. Not good, right?

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Mom Sent Son to School With Gun to Ward Off Bullies

bullyTeen suicides in response to humiliating bullying from their peers have been headlining many local news reports, causing parents great concern for their children’s safety at school. The topic of bullying has received so much media attention that many celebrities, and even President Obama, have taped video messages encouraging teenagers across America to be brave and rise above the taunting.

But Connecticut 38 year-old mother Sylvia Mojica’s fear for her son’s life may have put her in the slammer. Mojica reportedly sent her 12 year-old son to school with a knife and a BB gun to apparently ward off school bullies.

The Hartford police have charged her with risking injury to a minor and she is presumed to be in court on Friday, October 29, 2010. Read the rest of this entry »





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