Gun Culture And The American Identity

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Gun culture is engrained in the American identity; there are about 300 million guns present in the United States, which is about one gun for every citizen (Birnbaum, 2013). While guns have a strong presence here, there have been an increasing number of violent tragedies in which the assailant used firearms. On April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus (Lipka 2008; No Guns Left Behind, 2007). The question quickly became ‘how do we stop guns from coming on to post-secondary campuses?’ to prevent such tragedies. The gun debate has been around for decades, but only after the Virginia Tech Massacre has the focus increased (Lipka, 2008). Colleges and universities quickly placed their focus on the topic of gun control. There is a great deal of confusion among institutions are to what their rights are in developing and implementing firearms policies on campus (Alger, 2008).
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (Amendment II, 1787), there is not explicitly stated that determines how individual states should handle gun control in higher education. The federal government has left it up to the states to decide and it varies across the country (Alger, 2008). The major of states have developed legislation in response to the recent gun tragedies that focuses on creating a safer

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