I was listening to NPR today and had to do a double take when I heard about a group called "Students for Concealed Carry on Campus". Because you know, since mature, adult citizens never accidentally shoot people, get angry or go crazy, so why would beer drinking, teenage college kids? The group is lobbying on over 60 campuses nationwide to change state laws to allow permit holders to carry on campus. Gosh guys, what a great idea!
Look, while I have empathy for scared students today, and their concerns very real, I think that we would have more shooting deaths in schools if students were allowed to carry concealed weapons. How many school shooting take place each year? When we are lucky, very few, but sometimes in bad years, it can be dozens. Now think about the fact that thousands of accidental shooting deaths take place in the U.S. every year and imagine what could happen to that number if college students could take their guns to class!
I was in college when the Columbine shooting happened and can remember quite vividly, having fears of a mad gunman charging into my classroom. I understand the motivation behind the students of S.C.C.C., but please for one second envision this scenario:
A gunman enters an average size classroom, with maybe thirty students. The gunman starts firing and you have bullets flying all over a small room. Then the five students carrying a concealed weapon start shooting back. Great, now you have a small room with thirty people in it and bullets from six guns instead of one flying around. At that rate, everyone gets hit. It just doesn't make sense.
On top of that, knowing the statistically small chance I would have of being in a school shooting, I think as a student, I would be much more worried knowing that every shmoe next to me in class might be packing heat. Talk about distraction in class - how could you concentrate when you're worrying about the dude with the pistol next to you!
The 2nd amendment was ratified in 1791, written at a time when American citizens were fearful of attack from the British. We only had MUSKETS people. Muskets, clumsy, oafish rifles that were as imprecise as I am . We didn't have semi-automatics sitting around our homes. I think that if the SCCC were in favor of concealed muskets, I could deal with it, but I worry about the semi-automatics.