Unleashing a flood of guns onto college campuses won’t do anything to improve safety and only increases the risks faced by students, faculty, and others.
“When I applied to UCF, I wasn’t expecting to walk the halls and attend class wondering if the person next to me was trained to carry a firearm.”
–Adam Whitmer, UCF student and former Marine firearms instructor1
As a graduate student at Florida State University, I share the exact concern that Adam Whitmer described to a legislative committee on Wednesday. Unleashing a flood of guns onto college campuses won’t do anything to improve safety and only increases the risks faced by students, faculty, and others.
Supporters of guns on campuses have insidiously used stories of campus rape and assault as a justification for this legislation. I’ve personally heard the stories of several students who are survivors and all have noted that if a firearm had been involved, their situation would likely have been fatal. Campus rape and assault is a serious problem, but bringing guns into the equation will only make matters worse.
It’s for this reason and many others why such a broad and ideologically diverse coalition of university presidents, law enforcement, faculty, and students are standing up against guns on campus legislation.
This legislation, despite being supported by the powerful and influential National Rifle Association (NRA) was defeated earlier this year after an outcry from Floridians throughout the state. It can happen again with your support.
1″Justice panels start legislative year by passing gun bills” Tampa Bay Times, 9/16/15.