Essay Limited Access : Gun Control

1589 Words Nov 6th, 2016 7 Pages
Limited Access: Guns in School

Think back to the headlines and media from the following years; 1999, 2007, and 2012. These are all years in which popular school shootings occurred, and shocked the nation. The first shooting that took place was Columbine, followed by Virginia Tech, and most recently Sandy Hook. These are prime examples of the danger that guns can pose to the school environment. It is an unfortunate circumstance when the two worlds collide. Like oil and water, guns and school do not mix by their very nature alone. But, when effort is applied, the two ingredients mix, and become an emulsion. The school environment and its relation to guns is the same – with a little effort and consideration the two can coexist. Limited control is the solution to this problem. Restricting access to handguns, by licensed security personnel, is pertinent to public safety in the college environment. This limited access secures the public safety, eliminates the distraction from hyper-vigilance, and requires less resources from the college and local authorities.

The laws regarding handguns are open to interpretation, have several gray areas regarding possession, and vary state to state. In an article from The American Enterprise, the only correlation which showed a significant drop in mass killings , was when a "shall-issue" gun law was imposed. This law provides that gun permits will be granted on a conditional basis, when a citizen meets certain criteria, such as age…

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