ERIC Number: EJ1017179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Guns on Campus: A Chilling Effect
Mash, Kenneth M.
Thought & Action, v29 p57-60 Fall 2013
The author of this article observes that, while much has been written on the overall topic of safety with regard to allowing guns on college campuses, little has been said about how allowing the possession of deadly weapons can create a "chilling effect" on academic discussions. This article considers how some universities have reexamined their policies related to dangerous weapons in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in "District of Columbia v. Heller," which sought to end speculation over whether the Second Amendment's right to bear arms was an individual right or whether it was a right that pertained only to use in a militia.The author asserts that, while even the First Amendment's freedom of speech protection is subject to regulation, limiting a person's right to exercise their Second Amendment right is unclear, because there has not yet been much litigation on the issue. Furthermore, the author ponders the "chilling affects" of not only guns on campus, but also on faculty, students, and visiting speakers presenting and publishing controversial topics.
Descriptors: School Safety, Gun Control, Campuses, Civil Rights, Court Litigation, Public Policy, Freedom of Speech
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; New York; Pennsylvania