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College campuses should not allow guns

Published: Thursday, February 24, 2011

Updated: Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:02

A proposed law in Texas will allow guns on college campuses.

The bill, sponsored by Representative Joe Drier, has been the buzz of almost every college in the country, making students ask themselves, "Is this safe?"

The argument for it is that students want protection in the possibility of a gunman on campus.

However, arming students who are young and may not have professional experience with guns is not a wise solution.

While incidents such as Virginia Tech and the shooting at the University of Texas in ‘66 are fueling the bill, most legislators aren't thinking of a day-to-day basis. They're only thinking of the small chance of a campus shooter.

Students who are 21-years-old are just at the legal drinking age, still going through many life changes and making decisions that can ruin their day in two seconds.

Young men and women go through breakups, fights with their friends and experience frustration in general. With a license to carry on campus, a student who would never consider shooting someone could snap in one second.

Instead of having time to drive home, get their gun and shoot innocent people on campus, the student won't have any real amount of time to think about their options. Instead, the student just reaches in their belt loop, grabs their gun and aims at their target.

A shooter that would come on campus and cause a massacre would have planned every move and method. They wouldn't be acting on a whim like someone who was just granted the right to carry a concealed weapon.

Legislators should not be thinking of how many students can arm themselves as "heroes" in a shooting; they should be offering more professional security options.

As of Tuesday, Representative Charlie Collins filed a bill under Arkansas state legislature that would allow college teachers and staff members who can legally carry concealed handguns to do so on campus.

"Once we do have one of these tragic situations unfolding, hopefully there would be some protection provided if a faculty or staff member were there to help protect people on the campus," Collins said.

Instead of allowing everyday citizens to carry a gun on any given campus in the state to cut costs, they should figure out a budget that would allow more security officers.

Every legislature argues that better security on campuses costs too much.

But, in a resolution for a students' safety, how much is too much?

Blakely is a freshman journalism major with an emphasis in news/editorial of Bryant.

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