The Importance Of Gun Control On Campus

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Gun Control On School Campus Guns are one of the most controversial topics today, especially when it comes to being allowed on school campuses. On average there has been about one school shooting per week since 2012. Some people believe that if guns were allowed in schools there could be a decrease in the amount of school shootings per year/ per week. There are several states that have allowed guns on school campus. Some people worry that giving people access to guns on campus won’t decrease the violence but that it will increase it. Although there are people against it, guns should be allowed on school campus because they can be used for self-defense, safety, and because it is their right to carry. One of the biggest reasons people have …show more content…
Just knowing that someone has a gun and can defend you even if you yourself don’t have a gun can make people feel more comfortable. Some people even believe that having guns on school campus can decrease school shootings. As a student at the University of Kentucky, David Burnett said, “if criminals knew that the school was armed, they would think twice about attacking (Palazzolo). Others believe that having guns on campus can lead to more violent outbreaks. Even William McRaven, a retired U.S. Navy admiral is against having guns on campus. He has stated that his biggest concern is, “that the presence of handguns… will lead to an increase in both accidental shootings, and self-inflicted wounds” (Jones). While this is a valid concern, most people who have guns have gone through extensive processes to get their conceal and carry as well as training on how to use it. Unless someone was being stupid with their weapon, they aren’t going to accidentally shoot themselves or anyone else unless they need to. Another thing that some critics believe is that having guns on school campus can make others feel unsafe. A senior at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Samantha Burtch, says, “I’m 5’2, it’s far more likely that a man is going to take that gun out of my hands and use it against me than it is likely to do me much good” (Jones). This is a possibility of something that could happen, …show more content…
In the Bill of Rights, the second amendment is, “the right to keep and bear arms”. This is a right that should not be taken away. As most people live on campus, their residence would be the campus. If the campus is their residence they should be allowed weapons to defend their home no matter if they are only there for a month or four plus years. A blogger named Stranger writes, “We shall see what we shall see, but the place where people are most desperately in need of a defensive weapon is where self-defense is forbidden” (Jonsson). Lots of people think like this blogger does.If someone doesn’t think people should have guns, then that is their opinion and they should just not have guns, but if someone else wants a gun they should not infringe on their right to have that gun. Several states have proved that it is the individual’s right by passing laws meant to help the gun movement. Therefore, guns should be allowed on

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