We have seen some of the worst mass shootings in America’s campuses in recent years. The massacre at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University which happened last April 2007 left 33 people dead. The shooting spree in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut killed 27 people. In light of these tragic events, college and university administrators and officials discussed ways to prevent campus attacks and protect the students, faculty, and staff. One of the issues raised was allowing the possession of firearms inside campus premises. This sparked much controversy and debate.
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution keeps on being raised to justify support in the issue to possess and carry guns. The Second Amendment says that “a well- regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Some people believe that guns can prevent crime and they also have the right to arm themselves for protection against harm. There are also efforts to push for state legislations that would allow carrying of firearms on campus. On the other hand, some groups oppose possession of arms inside campus premises in the belief that it could only lead to more violence and death. They believe that students, faculty, or staff carrying guns can increase crime rate and chances of confrontation leading to violent behavior. The position of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Inc. is that concealed carrying of arms did not necessarily make the campuses safer. There were no significant evidence to show that it could reduce crime rate or could be used for defending one’s self. The administrators were concerned because it would be reckless to allow students to carry guns that they could use to harm other people.
We are against possession of arms in the campus. Schools and campuses are safe places and considered a haven for learning wherein students and faculty freely interact and exchange ideas without fear of their safety. Gun-free zones are safer because no one can harm another individual using guns. We believe that we should entrust possession and use of arms to our police and security forces who are trained to ensure the protection of the people. Guns are weapons that can be destructive once placed in the hands of irresponsible or immature individuals. Our government should make sure that there is proper regulation on firearms and ammunition. Heavy penalties should be imposed to those found violating the law.