Should Guns Be Allowed On Campus?

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In today’s day and age, postsecondary education is mandatory, to compete and succeed in the job market. Consequently, the need for higher education results in a larger numbers of students arriving at universities every year. Higher education in the form of universities and colleges represent environments, which students are invited to find out their future, challenge their fellow peers and professors, and learn the ins and outs of their chosen field. Ordinarily, all over the world, each student perceives the university as their place to move beyond ideals, beliefs and set rules to, which the student identifies. Professors often discuss taboo topics and earlier the worst possible outcomes used to either be students storming out of the lecture…show more content…
Metal detectors, cameras and the hiring of extra security personnel will put severe burden on the already fragile state of University budgets. Security has been increasing for the past few years since the mass college shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007. Mokoto Rich in "The New York Times," wryly observes that the police are “adding long rifles, shotguns, and automatic rifles to its arsenal and that they specifically run exercises on how to handle a gunman on campus,” . All the resources devoted to these extra security measures takes away resources from education materials and research (Rich, 2015,…show more content…
Following “immediately after the Columbine High School shooting of 1999, even the NRA believed in “absolutely gun-free, zero-tolerance, totally safe schools.”” as confirmed by Matt Valentine from Politico (Valentine, 2015, p.1). Once an understanding political machine, it has now become an organization dedicated to only the propulsion of its ideas despite devastating consequences. Even some Republicans including Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, a state senator in Florida, declared that “I don’t think any of these bills have anything to do with gun rights. They have to do with public safety, and I don’t think any of these bills make us any safer. In fact, quite the opposite,” and by blocking it from a committee meeting was able to stop the campus carry law from going into effect (Dart, 2016, p.3). In fact, the United States of America is the only first world country that does not have stricter gun control laws. As asserted by Dan Diamond in Forbes who found that “more young people die by guns than cars” unlike the past few decades in which the automobile has been the number one killer (Diamond, 2015, p.1). Nonetheless, shootings have not increased since the 1980’s but rather there is more awareness to each of the mass shootings. Since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012, a year in which
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