Concealed Campus Essay

1797 words - 8 pages

4 December 2015
Fostering a Concealed Campus
In 2007 during the Virginia Tech Shooting, a boy’s best-friend’s brother was there, in one of the classrooms that the gunman targeted. He escaped but this information gave him chills. That boy’s name is Jeff. Why is it that issues don’t matter until a horrifying story has a personal connection to its readers that it causes them to fully gasp the situation? There are many alternatives to students carrying weapons on campus. Advocates for guns on campus say that it will make the environment safer, but in reality only the students and faculty can make a campus safer. If someone sees something, they should say something. Responsibility is the first ...view middle of the document...

If this is the case, why are so many college shootings happening? On April 16, 2007, things seemed quiet on the campus of Virginia Tech University. That is until Seung-Hui Cho gunned down thirty-two of his classmates and then himself ("Virginia Tech Shootings Fast Facts"). Firearms on college campuses is one of the most dangerous and detrimental issues that the United States faces today. Southern states are used to an environment surrounded by firearms; however, not all of the U.S. is acclimated with them. While students have the right to bear arms, they should not have the right to possess them on college campuses. Based on their history, colleges and firearms don’t mix well.
When Seung-Hui Cho killed two students in the dorms at Virginia Tech in 2007, students on campus that day recall hearing loud pops on the Virginia Tech campus but saying to themselves “someone else is handling it” as they continued to walk to class. While campus officials responded to the first scene in the dorms where there was two dead, no announcement was made on campus of the instance that there was an active shooter on the loose. Instead, students and faculty continued on with their daily routines. Later that same day more pops were heard as the shooter killed thirty more people. Perhaps the members of the Virginia Tech community could have done more to prevent additional deaths. Students and faculty could have called 911 to ensure that the situation was being handled or administrators could have canceled classes and asked everyone to remain behind locked doors. It is the job of the members of a college community to say something if they see or hear anything out of the ordinary. Thirty more students did not need to die that day in 2007 if someone spoke up.

In June 2015, Texas Senate Bill 11 cleared the Texas legislature allowing students of twenty-one years or older to legally conceal carry on a college campus. However, an updated version of the bill allows college presidents to set limits on which buildings students can carry into. Advocates for campus carry felt like they had been defeated, as they fought for full legality of handguns on campus, not just concealed carry but open carry as well (Sanders). However, pro-gun control groups gathered in awe at the updated and more regulated bill. Erika Soto Lamb, a spokeswoman for Everytown for Gun Safety, described the freshened bill to a “significantly watered-down version of the original and the compromise gives universities broad discretion to keep their communities safe by deciding where and when it is appropriate to allow guns on campus.” Ultimately, while Texas is allowing students to embrace their second amendment rights, they are still restricted on where they can conceal carry on campus (Kingkade). In addition to Senate Bill 11, Texas Governor Greg Abbott also signed the HB 910 bill to “expand Texan’s Second Amendment rights.” (Samuels). Our support is being put into the wrong places. Colleges need to be...

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