The Dangerous Truth About Gun Free Zones

In Wisconsin, a bill allowing campus carry in college buildings, dorms, classrooms, etc., will be introduced next legislative session. Guns are already allowed on college campuses as long as the owner has a concealed carry license and the gun is fully concealed. However, schools are allowed to put up “Guns Prohibited Here” signs on university buildings, making it illegal to enter with one. This new bill would end that and allow guns into these premises.

Many people are outraged at the idea of allowing students to carry guns into classrooms. Students and professors alike have been signing petitions against the bill. What these liberal activists don’t understand, is right now, there is nothing, besides a sign, stopping a person from carrying a gun into a campus building. The current law cannot and will not stop anyone who wants to break it. Should a criminal want to enter a college building brandishing a gun, they will. A law prohibiting them from doing so won’t stop them. This new bill will merely level the playing field. Since any legal firearm has to be concealed already, no one will know their classmate has a gun. And because of the provisions in place, namely that a student must have a concealed carry permit, there won’t be any greater risk to student safety. In fact, allowing students to carry guns into classrooms, will increase their safety.

Those who oppose this bill represent the populace who desire stricter gun control laws. Anytime there’s a mass shooting, the first call to action by the Left is to strengthen gun laws. However, what these gun control activists don’t understand is that there are gun laws in place already, yet time after time, tragic stories come across the news. If during any one of these shootings, a victim or bystander had a concealed gun, the outcome may have been drastically different. A gun that is already present is better than one that shows up later (the police do a great job, they just can’t be everywhere at once). Strengthening gun control laws will only curtail law-abiding citizens from obtaining a gun, it won’t do anything to stop criminals. Criminals, by definition, don’t abide by laws.

If a person truly wants to harm another, they will use any means necessary. We saw this in Jerusalem when a man drove a truck into a crowd of people. If it is impossible to obtain a gun, another weapon will be found. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. In fact, tightening gun control could further increase the occurrence of mass shootings. As average civilians are discouraged from buying guns for self-defense, hunting, or game purposes, there will be fewer people to stop criminals in a life or death situation. If the assailant is the only one with a gun, what deterrent is there?

The nine states with the lowest crime rates all allow their citizens the right of concealed carry (Lampo). States allowing for concealed carry have a 24% lower violent crime rate and a 19% lower murder rate than states not granting citizens this right (Lampo). These statistics from the Cato Institute, a think tank located in Washington DC, make a strong argument for allowing private citizens the right to own a gun. The results are clear, legal gun ownership results in less violent crime being committed on average, not more.

Strict gun control laws will not solve the problem of mass shootings in America. Criminals will still find a way to obtain a gun. All gun restrictions do is stop law-abiding citizens from defending themselves. The solution should not be to create new gun laws; it should be to enforce the ones already in place. In a perfect world, there would be no need for weapons of any kind. However, we don’t live in a perfect world. Average citizens need a form of self-defense. Just ask the students at Seattle Pacific University, Ohio State University, and Umpqua Community College if they would have liked a firearm to help protect them.

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