Weapons on campus: invitation for violence

Amber Hayden, Photo Editor


Lately it seems school shootings, or shootings in general have increased. And now there is talk of wanting to allow teachers and students to have concealed weapons while on school campuses across the nation.

To say I don’t support the right to bear arms would be incorrect, but I can’t seem to wrap my mind around allowing concealed guns on a campus no matter who is carrying them.

If we are allowing guns on campus it’s almost an invitation to another school shooting, and that is unacceptable.

As adults, we should have more sense in our brains. To even consider a concealed gun in the hands of a student is not a good idea. Too many students have emotional problems, and allowing them to arm themselves is just a scary thought.

The biggest thought that we should have is the safety of the students. With guns allowed on campus it becomes a rather large unsafe learning environment, and students then fear what could happen if someone just overreacted.

I don’t think that anyone wants to see another campus have a crime of this magnitude take place, as well as bring up bad memories and harsh realities that hit former communities. We already see enough bad news and press on an everyday basis; we don’t need to add to that bad news.

And with the fact there are always people with bad tempers or even short fuses do we really want to say it is ok to let them have a gun on a school campus? That in itself leaves an open chance for some form of situation that can take a quick turn downhill.

I mean, does no one remember what happened at any one of the campuses when a gun involved incident occurred? Now we want to let people carry them just because it makes them feel safer.

We need to be smart about this choice that allows teachers or students the right to carry concealed weapons on campus, and just say no to it. Things like pepper spray or even the whistles that are there to alert someone to a problem are okay.

Students need to feel safe and this is not the safest way to do it.

I do think there needs to be a better way of protecting students other than allowing teachers to have guns on their person. My suggestion is have a sheriff or even a police officer on campus at all times.

The mere presence of a law enforcement officer is, in my opinion, the best way to deter students from thinking to start trouble. No it doesn’t always stop the issues from happening, but it is a better and safer alternative.