Last week’s Northern Illinois University shooting, which left six dead (including the gunman) and another 16 wounded, appears only to have triggered a push to allow students to carry guns on school grounds.
Students for the Concealed Carry on Campus, an internest based lobby group, wants lawmakers to over rule university boards that ban guns on campus.
The group, which was formed in response to the Virginia Tech massacre where 33 people died, argues that staff and students should be alllowed to carry guns on campus so as to arm themselves against mass killers.
Scott Lewis, an SCCC spokesman, told ‘The Age’ while millions of Americans, who are allowed to carry weapons anywhere else – in grocery stores, movie theatres, in banks and offices – are left defenceless when they go onto campuses.
Furthermore, a South Dekota State politician, Tom Bronner, has vowed to re-introduce a failed bill that would allow guns to be carried onto college campuses.
His argument – if people are mature enough and responsible enough to vote, they should not be left disarmed and defenceless on college and university grounds.
(Research shows that college students, in general, do not vote. According to CNN.com National Exit Poll only 17% of 18-29 year olds voted in the 2004 presidential election).
The bill was rejected by the Senate after local police said it was more likely to create a tragedy than prevent one.
Gun control advocate, Paul Hemke, agrees with the South Dekota police. He believes that permitting guns into an already volatile environment is not he solution.
“Adding more guns into the dorm rooms, into he bars with a group of students who drink a lot, have tensions, fights with their girlfriends, that’s just going to cause more violence,” Hemke told Fox Television.
Buying a gun in America is far too easy. Walking into a store which sells firearms is like a child in a candystore (only replace candy with guns and child with potential mass murderer).
I was surprised to walk into a hunting store with a friend and see her boyfriend walk up to the counter and pick and choose the gun that he wanted. Within half an hour and after a quick background check he had paid for and now owned his very own gun.
Gun laws are already too soft. Anybody can simply walk in off the street and purchase a gun. Therefore, those working to further relax these laws are insane.
Now I am no expert, but fighting fire with fire is not the answer. Why make it easier to create tragedy when tradegy is created easily enough.
College shootings is a largely American problem, last weeks tragedy was the 6th such shooting in the US in the past fortnight.
I am Australian; however I cannot think of one Austrlalian university incident involving a gun. The problem is I can name numerous college shootings in America.
More guns are not the answer.. maybe more restrictions and less guns are.