ERIC Number: EJ792072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-18
Guns Don't Belong in the Hands of Administrators, Professors, or Students
Villahermosa, Jesus M., Jr.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n32 pA56 Apr 2008
In the wake of the shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, a number of state legislatures are considering bills that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. The author recently spoke at a conference on higher-education law, sponsored by Stetson University and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, at which campus officials discussed the need to exempt colleges from laws that let private citizens carry firearms, and to protect such exemptions where they exist. He agrees that allowing guns on campuses will create problems, not solve them. He does not think professors, administrators, or students, should carry guns. Some individuals may be capable of learning to be good shots in stressful situations, but most of them probably would not practice their firearms skills enough to be confident and proficient during an actual shooting. Experienced law-enforcement officers typically fire tens of thousands of rounds practicing for the time when they might need those skills to save themselves or someone else during a lethal situation. Before legislators and college leaders make the decision to put a gun in the hands of professors or administrators, says the writer, they should contemplate the commitment and consequences very seriously.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Campuses, Weapons, School Safety, Violence, School Policy, State Legislation, College Faculty, Administrators
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