Permitting guns onto school grounds not the answer in stopping massacres like NIU and Virginia Tech

I can’t believe there are people out there who thinks the answer to stopping these massacres on campuses is by letting everyone bring guns to school. We don’t need anymore wild west shootouts. The difficulty of this issue is that with our currently weak gun laws, there’s no way to totally prevent this from happening again. Unfortunately, with the strength of the gun lobby and the cowardice of our elected officials, nothing will change.


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  1. I wholeheartedly disagree with your assertion that allowing guns on campuses would merely turn the landscape into the days of the old West.

    Instead of emotion and rhetoric, I offer you fact:

    In 1997, Pearl, Miss., assistant principal Joel Myrick stopped triple murderer Luke Woodham, using a handgun retrieved from his car.

    In 1998, in Edinboro, Pa., the 14-year-old who killed science teacher John Gillette at an off-campus dance was captured by shotgun-wielding James Strand.

    And in 2002, at Virginia’s Appalachian Law School in Grundy, student Tracy Bridges used his pistol to detain murderer Peter Odighizuwa.

    Each time, armed intervention saved lives without additional shots being fired.

    Beyond anecdotes, researchers John R. Lott and William M. Landes, then at Yale University and the University of Chicago, studied multiple-victim public shootings. Examining data spanning 19 years from 1977 to 1995, they reported that shootings in states that adopted concealed handgun laws declined by 84%. Deaths from these shootings plummeted by 90%, and injuries, 82.5%.

    More laws will not deter the next fruitcake from firing indiscriminately into another classroom or lecture hall. But one or two properly-trained gun-toting teachers or students just might.

    The police can’t be everywhere. Medical privacy laws will continue to prevent the disclosure of mental illness to gun sellers. And the media will no doubt continue to obsess about the killers and the horror thus luring other future “good boys” to prey on those unprepared to protect themselves in the interest of making a name for themselves.

    Is allowing concealed weapons on campus a full-proof solution? No. But it’s a step in the right direction. Before the next step a fleeing student has to take is towards the nearest exit door in a desperate attempt to save their own life.

    In almost every single tragic case, the gunman ultimately takes his own life but only after the damage is done. I hope the next time one tries, someone else in the room helps him complete the job–shooting him right between the eyes.

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