ERIC Number: EJ1156030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Duck and Cover, Little Lady: Women and Campus Carry
Somers, Patricia; Fry, Jessica; Fong, Carlton J.
Thought & Action, v33 n2 p37-50 Sum 2017
In 2008, in the case of the "District of Columbia vs. Heller," which involved a district law banning most handguns, the U. S. Supreme Court declared that the Second Amendment protects citizens' rights to self-defense and that the federal government cannot prohibit guns in homes. Two years later, the Court further made clear that the Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms" could not be infringed by state and local gun laws, either--a move that opened the door to campus carry and other measures. In the last five years alone, 70 new state laws have loosened gun restrictions, according to the "New York Times." The Texas law that allows state university students to legally carry concealed weapons to their classes took effect on August 1, 2016. Texas was the eighth state to make "campus carry" legal, followed by Arkansas and Georgia in 2017. Meanwhile, more than a dozen other state legislatures recently have considered similar bills. Campus carry, which advocates assert is the way to stop mass shootings, is one of the most contested issues in higher education today. Over the years, several quantitative studies have surveyed faculty, staff, or students about guns on campus, with some focusing on women. However, little research has addressed the implementation of a campus carry law, used qualitative methods, or focused on women faculty and staff. The authors interviewed about 100 women faculty and staff members last year, all working on the University of Texas at Austin main campus, before and during the early implementation of campus carry. In this article, they focused on how the women rated campus safety, how campus carry has affected their relationships and interactions with colleagues, students, and administrators, and how firearms on campus have exacerbated power differentials.
Descriptors: Weapons, Civil Rights, Civil Rights Legislation, Constitutional Law, State Legislation, College Students, Violence, Females, Women Faculty, College Faculty, Interviews, School Safety, Teacher Attitudes, School Personnel, Attitude Measures, Interpersonal Relationship, Power Structure, Program Effectiveness, Court Litigation, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Austin)
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