Now, the Missouri legislation is being expanded to include university and college campuses. This is from KBIA news.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (2009-04-09) Republican Representative Brian Munzlinger sponsored an amendment that would allow people to carry and conceal guns on college campuses around the state.
This latest change, which still needs to go before the Senate, besides going contrary to public opinion, is not without it's detractors among those involved. The Maneater reports that the Missouri Students Association Senate voted in clear opposition.
The resolution to oppose the amendment passed through the MSA Senate Wednesday night, with 14 in favor, 9 against and 2 abstaining.Among State legislators, there are opposition voices as well. Democratic Representative Chris Kelly explained his stance on guns being brought to fraternities, and dormitories around the state.
The House bill provided an amendment for weapons on college campuses, which concerned MSA Senate Speaker Amanda Shelton.
"For weapons to be introduced into any environment where they were presumably not present before, quite a bit of exploratory work is warranted to ensure that the change will provide a net benefit to safety," Shelton said.
Shelton began doing research into large-scale campus and community shootings in order to find possible benefits of having concealed carry on campuses, she said. Her findings led her to co-sponsor legislation in opposition to the proposed amendment.
"College boys who round up 25 possums half drunk can do amazingly interesting things with fireworks, bottles of gasoline, with all kinds of interesting devices. Fraternity boys are a very inventive lot, let's make sure we give 'em guns to play with too."
Kelly believes that guns will be misused on college campuses, while Munzlinger believes that it will make campuses safer. The Missouri House adopted this amendment.
What's your opinion? Will college campuses in Missouri be safer or not? Do you think something is wrong with the representative government that doesn't represent the will of the majority of the people? On something like this, shouldn't a straight majority decide? Is it better for a more vocal and more powerful minority to make changes that affect everyone?
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