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Guns on College Campuses: Protective Measure or Dangerous Catalyst?

At least a dozen states, with Arizona at the forefront, are currently pondering the controversial idea of allowing guns on college campuses. Lawmakers, college students and other big-thinkers are taking the debate of gun control on campus very seriously.

Advocates argue that zoning schools as gun-free provides a deranged psychopath with an all-too-easy target. In the right (or rather, wrong) state of mind, someone may view a campus of unarmed students as vulnerable and weak. Theoretically, students and faculty would have a better chance of protecting themselves and each other if they were armed. It may also deter mentally unstable individuals from initiating an attack if they know that teachers or students could fire back. I believe the saying goes, “an armed society is a polite society.” Arizona State Representative, Jack Harper, says “When law-abiding, responsible adults are able to defend themselves, crime is deterred.” There’s something to be said for self-defense and the preservation of life but it’s worth noting that this isn’t the Wild West. Fighting violence with violence may not be the answer.

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Columbine Anniversary Sheds Light on School Bullying

swingApril 20, 2010 marks the 11th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting massacre. Since the tragedy, American school administrators, teachers, parents and children have learned a lot about the warning signs that may provoke the violent and deadly behavior that occurred in Littleton, Colorado in 1999.

According to The Huffington Post, a recent study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice found that the percentage of children who reported being physically bullied over the past year had declined from nearly 22 percent in 2003 to under 15 percent in 2008.

Lead researchers were encouraged by the results as bullying and being bullied are two telltale signs of future aggressive behavior inflicted upon oneself or on others.

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School Safety Legacy of Columbine on 10 Year Anniversary

The 13 victims of the 1999 Columbine school shooting.

The 13 victims of the 1999 Columbine school shooting.

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the devastating shooting rampage that took place in Columbine High School in Columbine, CO. Two student shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, tore through their school on April 19, 1999 with guns killing 12 students, one teacher, and injuring 24 before killing themselves. Their intentions were far grander, and it is fortunate that their plans to plant bombs in the school, potentially killing hundreds, were never realized. Their frightening plan was to cause more devastation than the Oklahoma City bombing, the anniversary of which was a day and four years prior to this incident.

The legacy of that devastating day is that school safety is more of a priority than it was before. It forced schools and government to put in place more stringent policies and standards for keeping students and faculty out of harms way. The fact that the Columbine shooting took place in an affluent neighborhood forced the realization that these events are not predisposed to happen in less fortunate districts. Overall, there is a sense that these types of incidences are less likely to happen now. Other violent school shootings have happened in the wake of Columbine, but in-school homicides are down in the past ten years. Read the rest of this entry »





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