Our View

“If someone passes the training, testing and background check required to carry a concealed weapon, we think they should be allowed to carry that weapon on campus. A person may want to carry a weapon for a variety of reasons, but it often stems from concerns of safety.”

If someone passes the training, testing and background check required to carry a concealed weapon, we think they should be allowed to carry that weapon on campus.

A person may want to carry a weapon for a variety of reasons, but it often stems from concerns of safety.

And lately, it seems as if the campus is no more or less safe than the areas surrounding it.

Yet, students aren’t allowed to carry weapons on campus.

With the events at Virginia Tech last spring, we have to wonder how much different that day would’ve been had students on campus been carrying weapons.

It’s possible that it would have saved lives.

With the recent robberies and crime involving guns on our campus and other campuses nationwide, we’ve become even more convinced that concealed carry is a good idea.

For instance, if a criminal tries to steal someone’s car at gunpoint in the parking deck, and realizes that student is armed, it’s much more likely they’ll back down and take off.

If anything, concealed carry may help to reverse the spread of crime onto our campus.

And if students can protect themselves, they’ll surely feel more secure as they walk campus at night.

That brings up another concern-students who live off-campus.

If you live on Brown or Kling streets, you may want to carry your weapon, for which you have a permit, as you walk to and from class.

You can’t, of course, because the university doesn’t allow it.

So as you’re walking home after your night class, you’re unarmed and possibly in danger.

Concealed carry on campus would do more than just help students protect themselves and those around them while they are on campus. It would let them protect themselves as they walk to and from the campus as well.