Allow guns onto college campuses? That’s what the Nevada Senate said when it passed SB231 in a 15-6 vote on Saturday, despite campus and Las Vegas police testifying against the bill. Law enforcement says it will do more harm than good.
If the bill becomes law (it’s headed to the Assembly now), Nevada will be added to yet another ugly list that parents just might pick up on when choosing which state to send their kids for college.
A new website called ArmedCampuses.Org may help them figure it out. It has a list of schools that allow guns on campus, and some compelling reasons why it ain’t such a grand idea.
So SB231 just might help kill off some of our out-of-state tuition income that helps to fund education in Nevada.
If you look at the site, you’ll see that only a handful of states allow guns on college campuses. Maybe that’s because College campuses are far safer than anywhere else for a number of reasons, including ample security and the fact that strong laws deter gun toting on campuses.
The numbers may astound you. The murder rate on college campuses is .07 per 100,000 students. The murder rate everywhere else is 5.7 per 100,000 persons overall, and 14.1 per 100K for ages 17-29.
This chart shows other violent crime rates at colleges compared to the United States overall.
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Here I thought conservatives believed that old maxim, ’if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.’
Look, rules like that just don’t apply to the gun lobby. If they are going to sell guns, they have to sell fear. Fear is contagious, and a popular tool of politicians because it’s relatively easy to use. The propaganda appears to be working here in Nevada.
They will point to the incidents in Chicago and Virginia Tech as examples of why we need to arm up our students. Experts suggest that arming students is highly unlikely to have any effect on such events.
The question we have to ask is if it’s really worth creating an environment where guns are welcome on campus because of two isolated incidents.
We also have to deal with the reality that perhaps arming students may have some detrimental effects to safety on our college campuses. Maybe that’s why law enforcement, campus administrations and faculty are all against it.
Watch these videos of Virginia Tech victim against guns on campus. Both videos are good.22 comments