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Rivas 1 Valerie Rivas Mrs. Weaston English III – 2 14 November 2016 Should Guns be Permitted on College Campuses? Over 45 mass shootings took place just last year, in 2015. Imagine how many of those victim’s lives a nearby concealed-carry holder could have saved. Over the past years, the states and the people of America have dealt with controversy about whether guns should be permitted on college campuses or not. The issue of guns permitted on college campuses has been standing in argument for so long due to many unpredictable, belligerent mass shootings and needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Persian Gulf War Veteran Roberts S. Flores, 41, and failing student at the University of Arizona’s college of Nursing murdered three of his nursing professors before ordering the students out of the classroom to then commit suicide (Smith, LA times). On September 3 rd , 2015, a student attending Sacramento City College in Sacramento, California shot three people, fatally affecting one and injuring two (Time). Another massive shooting took place on February 14, 2008 at Northern Illinois University. At least twenty-one students were shot, 6 of them fatally including the shooter who happened to commit suicide. The shooter, however, did not attend the college (abc7Chicago). Another incident occurred when Professor Amy Bishop, 45, a neurologist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, killed three of her colleagues and additionally shot three more at a biology faculty meeting (Fausset, LA times). Even though some debaters will claim that gun-zone campuses will result in a higher potential for mass shootings, guns should still be permitted on college campuses because it makes people feel safer, citizens will be able to
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Rivas 2 defend themselves in such severe shooting situations, and because criminals will always find a way to obtain firearms regardless of any rules or laws. Gun zones make people feel safer. Concealed-carry permit holders have better safety records than police officers. Verily, more criminals are stopped and/or killed by law-abiding citizens than law enforcement (Huntwork, Gale). In fact, statistics even show that gun-free zones are not always safer (Guns and Crime, Gale). That goes to shows that citizens usually apply for a
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  • Fall '15
  • Stauffer
  • English, Firearm, mass shootings, Valerie Rivas

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