Do You Trust Strangers?
Crime and guns, the two seem to go hand in hand with one another; but are the two really associated? Do laws placing restrictions on firearm ownership and use stop the crime or protect the citizens? These are questions many citizens and lawmakers have been asking themselves when setting about to create gun control laws. The debate over gun control is nothing new. However, there is a new light that is being shined on the subject. David Skorton and Glenn Altschuler in an article called “Do We Really Need More Guns On Campus?” they state that “In 2011 and 2012 state legislators introduced at least 34 bills to allow concealed firearms on campuses. Although most of those measures failed to pass, many of them are back on the docket this year.” In light of the shootings on campuses around the states, people have created this contradiction that letting students carry guns on campus will stop shootings from happening on campus.
The issue of allowing people to carry concealed weapons at universities and colleges has been brought up several times in recent years. The second Amendment is a right to self-defense. People argue that this means they have the right to defend themselves by carrying these destructive weapons around with them, but the amendment was meant to guard against tyranny. Not for someone to sit in his class with a loaded gun endangering all the kids around him. Having guns on campus may make the person holding the gun “feel” safer, but what about the kids without guns? I am almost positive that it would not make a student feel safer knowing every other student is carrying a loaded gun. The argument is if everybody had a gun they wouldn’t have 30 people dying in a school shooting. Well, they are right, but what they don’t see is that by putting a weapon in the student body’s hands would drastically increase the amount of school shootings.
It’s daunting to think that people around you could be carrying a gun. It’s even...