I’ve had this conversation many times with many different people, but I want to know how YOU feel about this topic… I should start by telling you that I have my CCW (concealed carry weapon) permit and I grew up in a military household, that is pro guns and pro responsibility.
I believe that responsible, CCW carrying citizens, should be allowed to carry on college campuses – let’s discuss why, shall we…
For starters, I carry the gun that is the “featured image” (above). It is a Springfield xd 9mm Compact and I LOVE it. My hands are a little small for the grip, because it is a double stack, but I have learned how to handle this beauty and would never trade it in. The double stack gives more stability (in my opinion) and I like having the extra bullets, just in case. She is reliable and accurate, and if you’re going to be in a gun fight – that’s what you want ❤ If you have any questions about different kinds of guns, please feel free to ask. I’m not an expert, but I will do my best.
I also have a few experts in my life that I can always ask as well.
Gun control laws do not deter crime – gun ownership deters crime
A study conducted on November 26 (my birthday!), 2013 found that, between 1980 and 2009, “assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level” and “states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murders”.
John R. Lott, Jr., PhD, author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, stated, “States with the largest increases in gun ownership also have the largest drops in violent crimes… The effect on ‘shall-issue’ [concealed gun] laws on these crimes [where two or more people were killed] has been dramatic. When states passed these laws, the number of multiple-victim shootings declined by 84 percent. Deaths from these shootings plummeted on average by 90 percent and injuries by 82 percent”.
Journalist John Stossel explains the statistics above, “Criminals don’t obey the law… Without the fear of retaliation from victims who might be packing heat, criminals in possession of these [illegal] weapons now have a much easier job… As the saying goes, ‘If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns'”.
A huge issue with concealed carry on campuses, is the fact that most colleges are liberal, to the extreme. So, we are trying to institute and pass laws that go against what the schools are preaching and trying to teach.
On top off that, we don’t educate our students about guns and gun safety. So, it makes sense that students, who don’t handle guns or don’t understand them, are not going to want others to be carrying them – even if it’s something that could potentially save their life…
All it takes is ONE good guy with a gun, to stop one bad guy with a gun.
In 2017, Arkansas and Georgia passed legislation to allow students and faculty to carry guns on college campuses.
In December 2016, Governor Kasich (R – Ohio) signed into law SB 199 which lifts the ban on firearms on college campuses and leaves the decision to individual institutions.
Tennessee passed a bill in 2016, which permits higher ed faculty to carry handguns after notifying local law enforcement.
In 2015, Texas became the eighth state to allow concealed carry weapons on college campuses.
In 2014, 14+ states introduced legislation to allow concealed carry, to some extent.
In 2013, 19+ states introduced similar legislation.
In 2002, a 43 year old former student shot and killed the Dean and a Professor at the Appalachian School of Law in Virginia. He was eventually stopped by two students, a sheriff’s deputy and police officer (both already on campus and off duty), after he had continued on to kill another student and wound three others.
The police officer and deputy both lost valuable response time when they had to retrieve their personal weapons from their cars; due to the school’s “gun-free zone” policy.
That’s just one example of good, responsible gun carrying citizens, doing the right thing. But, what if they had been allowed to have a gun on their person?
How much earlier would the shooting(s) have stopped? How many lives could have been saved?
There are other examples you can find here, where mass shootings have been stopped by the “good guys with guns”.
Unfortunately, we don’t hear about these instances. We don’t hear about when guns, and the people using them, do good. All we hear about is the need for more gun control and increased regulations. BAD is what makes the news, not GOOD. Good isn’t good for ratings…
Guns are not the problem. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. And as stated above – criminals don’t obey the law! So, by increasing gun control laws, we are making it easier for the criminals by making ourselves easier targets.
Without the ability to protect ourselves, we are allowing ourselves to become victims.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be a victim – on or off of campus.
Let’s get REAL about what it takes to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Let’s get uncomfortable and discuss what one “good guy” (or gal) can do, if allowed, in a horrid situation.
John R. Lott, Jr., “An Interview with John R. Lott, Jr. Author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws,” http://www.press.uchicago.edu, 1998
John Stossel, “Gun Control Isn’t Crime Control,” http://www.abcnews.go.com, Apr. 26, 2007
Mark Gius, “An Examination of the Effects of Concealed Weapons Laws and Assault Weapons Bans on State-Level Murder Rates,” Applied Economics Letters, http://www.tandfonline.com, Nov. 26, 2013