Colleges would lose the right to prohibit concealed weapons on campus under a proposed bill that was blasted by university officials at a House committee hearing in Lansing on Tuesday.We've certainly discussed this one before. I admit I was somewhat persuaded by the pro-gun arguments. It makes sense to me that the Brady claims of wild frat parties by armed students is not realistic. I agree that most college students who have concealed carry permits would be older and more responsible. Yet, I still lean towards caution and the gun control argument still appeals to me.
Universities and colleges are exempt from a state law that prohibits local governments from regulating firearms. The bill would extend that prohibition to institutions of higher learning.
The article mentions the problem of mixing young people, alcohol and weapons, but it doesn't make clear the real problem is that we cannot be sure of the folks who have concealed carry permits. I've often referred back to my Famous 10% to argue this, but recently there have been reports about how poorly the system is managed which determines who gets a permit.
In support of the proposed law, there is this:
I don't know. I think I'd rather take my chances on the criminals rather than have to worry about Peter Howard and all the other concealed carry guys AND the criminals.
Second-year Wayne State University medical student Peter Howard told the committee he should be able to carry a concealed weapon on campus. He arrives at school early in the morning, and doesn't leave until late at night.
"I take precautions to walk in lighted areas, (but) a close friend of mine got robbed at gunpoint last year," Howard said. "I'm not living in fear, but it's something I'd like to take precaution with."
What's your opinion? Isn't it interesting that Mr. Howard was quoted as having said "I'm not living in fear, but..." Do the folks who carry guns sometimes get a little defensive about this "fear" business? I know whenever I bring it up, it rouses everything from outright denial to insulting counterattacks. What's your opinion? Is it a reasonable fear to worry about getting mugged on college campuses in Michigan? Is it a reasonable response to want to be armed? What then, a shootout, a gun battle? Is that the answer?
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.