Guns on campus don’t equal safety

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

By Megan Milligan

You see a person carrying a handgun on campus. What do you do? Run away? Hide? Call 911?

Not in Texas, because seeing guns on campus will become a normal thing.

Legislators in Texas have made the decision to allow guns on school campuses. The University of Houston is trying to determine how to implement this plan in a way that least offends everybody. According to CNN, this has left educators having to curtail their curriculums to

“avoid sensitive topics.” Making a decision like this can only

impede the education progress. Teachers aren’t able to practice free speech or academic freedom because they are scared of getting shot by gun toting students.

They’ve even had to drop certain items from their curriculum.

In an age where people are already overly sensitive and easily offended, how can anybody feel safe in a place where there could possibly be an excess of guns?

There are plenty of topics brought up in classrooms that could be deemed offensive. Some science classes could be offensive to Evangelical Christian beliefs. Are

they going to remove all science classes? Anything can be offensive to anybody, and there is no place in the gun buying process to vet people about that.

Background checks are a way to keep gun sales legal, but they are not fool proof. All guns used in the Aurora, Colo. shooting were bought legally according to CBS news.

Despite the fact that the shooter, James Holmes, was seeing three psychiatrists at the time and making homicidal threats, he was able to walk into stores on two separate occasions, and buy a handgun.

“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” It’s the NationalRifleAssociation’sfavoriteslogan.

But how are we supposed to tell the difference when everybody has a gun?

How would we report the bad guys?

I fear for anybody who might be “acting suspicious” on the college campus’ in Texas. How many people are going to be accidently gunned down because of a misunderstanding?

My opponents may say that gun free zones are often targeted because shooters know there is no guns there. According

to FactCheck.org, more guns in one area actually meant more violence by guns.

Another favorite saying by pro-gun believers is, “Well, why not ban knives too?” On Dec. 14, 2012, the same day as the horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., there was a horrific attack on school children in China as well. Luckily, there were no fatalities. What was the difference between these two attacks?

The attacker in China had a knife, and wasn’t able to inflict the instant annihilation of 20 children and six adults in the matter of minutes.

Finally, with this rule in effect, the grading process could lose its integrity. Who wants to give a failing grade to anybody carrying a gun?

I know one thing: I wouldn’t want to go to a school where I couldn’t voice my actual opinion without fear of being gunned down.

I wouldn’t want my teachers to be limited in what they teach me. I love learning all there is to learn; I don’t want that to end because of guns on campus.

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