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Unformatted text preview: Menguy 1 Hugo Menguy Dr. Pulju ENGL101 29 November 2017 Campus Carry One of America’s most controversial topics in society that is ongoing is guns and gun control. With such a topic, there are multiple debates on where guns should and should not be allowed. My primary focus will be on whether guns should be allowed or banned from College Campuses. I will focus my research on the college lifestyle, the safety of lives and input from professors and college Deans. Maura Ewing explains in The Trace, several states around America have passed the “campus carry” law that allows “faculty, staff, students, and individuals other than security or law enforcement to bring firearms onto public school property.” Over the past two decades, school and mass shootings have altered American history; making many people question America’s gun control policies. Should Guns not be permitted on college campuses due to the increased likelihood of violence, criminal activity, accidents, and suicides? Today’s world has dramatically changed compared to when the Second Amendment was adopted. Should the Constitution reflect such a change? And be reformed to adapt to a newer modernized America. There are multiple reasons as to why guns should not be allowed on college campuses. Guns have evolved with time. They are more powerful, more accurate and more dangerous prone, especially compared to 1791 time period. Today accidents are more likely to happen, dorms are vulnerable to theft which would make it easy for anyone to steal a firearm and the training that states require one to take and pass in order to be licensed is simply not enough. Menguy 1 There are some who argue that guns should be allowed on campus because everyone has the right to “bear arms”, and that everybody deserves protection. Something that colleges cannot offer because, simply, campus police cannot be everywhere. It cannot be comprehended on how having more people armed could make any environment safer. It would not only elevate the number of shootings, casualties, injuries and fear. Colleges and universities are places with dynamic living and learning environments where individuals with varying levels of maturity interact, most often under stressful circumstances, adding guns to the mix could only make it worse. The college lifestyle is defined by alcohol and drug abuse; imagine adding guns to the mix. That could only result in a major catastrophe. Jon Schuppe, a reporter for NBC News, quotes researchers from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; stating “Increasing gun availability in campus environments could make far more common acts of aggression, recklessness or self-harm more deadly”. making individuals on campus be in a dangerous environment. Personally, I would not feel safe being in that kind of environment; it would distract me from learning because my mind would be focused on who is carrying a weapon, and what can that individual possibly do with it. An individual can easily snap and go on a shooting spree. I believe that the job of defending campuses against violent attacks should be left to professionals. It just doesn’t make any sense that the way to answer violence is simply by allowing individuals to carry guns. Firearms are much more powerful and dangerous than they were a couple of centuries ago. The restrictions of individuals being able to purchase a firearm are not high enough, making it possible for almost anyone to get their hands on a firearm. The “Campus Carry” law has not only affected students, but also professors. Many professors are scared that students who earn bad grades can hurt them. Some professors have had Menguy 2 to quit or turn down jobs because they simply felt unsafe, threatened, and targeted. In an article, written by Emma Platoff in the Texas Tribune, she mentions that “Daniel Hamermesh, a former economics professor” at the University of Texas, is now teaching in London “because of concerns that a disgruntled student might” quoting Hamermesh “start shooting at me.” Emma also mentions another professor, Fritz Steiner, who left “after 15 years as the dean of UTAustin’s architecture school” quoting Steiner. “I would have never applied for another job if not for campus carry.” The University of Texas at Austin is one of the most prestigious universities in America and to lose a dean in such a distinguished program says something about the “campus carry” law. Despite the fact that professors, deans, and other faculty members can be replaced, there is another more significant “nightmare situation” as Emma puts it. Imagine this scenario that Emma included in the article, “a mass campus shooting, with concealed carriers shooting a ricochet of confused bullets that make it impossible for police to sort the innocents from the aggressors.” The amount of chaos, confusion, and casualties in this scenario is sky high. Professors should always feel safe about teaching at universities and colleges, and in order for that to happen; firearms should not be allowed on campuses. Despite the Second Amendment stating that the people of the United States have the right to “bear arms”, there are multiple reasons why it should be change. The Second Amendment was written in 1791 during a time of war and conflict, with guns that did not have the best accuracy ratio. Today, guns are incredibly accurate, powerful and fast, making the modernized America much more dangerous. Guns should be nowhere near learning environments because most individuals are under stressful circumstances. The partying lifestyle that colleges and universities offers, with the addition of firearms can make it for a terrifying situation. The certification process to own a gun should be more than a background check and a firearm safety course. It Menguy 3 should include psychological and emotional testings, with an all inclusive gun training course that lasts longer than a couple hours. Only after the standards for firearm training and gun ownership have been raised and significantly improved and a person is proven mentally sound to own a gun; should it be acceptable for colleges to allow firearms on campus. But until that happens, guns should be banned from college campus. Faculty, staff, students, and communities that surround these universities and colleges that allow “campus carry” are in great danger of a catastrophe that is just waiting to happen. Works Cited Ewing, Maura. “Campus Carry: The Movement to Allow Guns on College Grounds, Explained.” The Trace, 5 Apr. 2017, . Platoff, Emma. “After a quiet year of campus carry, community colleges get guns next.” The Texas Tribune, Texas Tribune, 1 Aug. 2017, . Menguy 4 Schuppe, Jon. “More Guns on Campuses Won't Make People Safer, Researchers Say.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 25 Oct. 2016, . ...
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