As violent crime erupts across the nation, many colleges are allowing concealed carry for protection despite the fact that rabid anti-gun leftists want to prevent them from doing so, which would result in students and faculty being even more vulnerable, according to experts.
The brutal murder of four college students in Moscow, Idaho comes to mind as an example of how crime has now impinged on college campuses and housing for students.
“College campuses generally have low crime rates, but safety is always important, and police can’t always be there. A little over 60 percent of colleges with more than 2,500 students have armed officers, and they average just 2.4 officers per 1,000 students, and only a fraction of those officers are on duty at any point in time,” Crime Prevention Research Center Founder and President John Lott told Fox News in an interview.
“Just like with police off campus, campus security can’t protect everyone,” he stressed, advocating for people to arm themselves for their own protection.
More guns not less.. im all for certification or training.. but if they cant or won’t protect us… We have the right to protect our selves
— Shawn Newman (@St_Nwman) December 5, 2022
According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, college campuses usually deal with crimes such as theft and sexual assault, determining whether an incident needs to be bumped up to a local police department. But just in the last few weeks, incidents such as murders, shootings, threats of rape, trespassing in dorms, and armed robberies have made crime a much more personal matter to colleges.
Crime across the country is more rampant than ever. In 2020, murders spiked by almost 30% compared to 2019 according to the FBI. The pandemic has also played into the rise in crime as has the leftist rallying call to defund the police.
Colleges are left to defend themselves, which means students and faculty are on their own. Typically, no one is coming in time to save anyone in a life-or-death situation.
You have a God given right to defend yourselves. Buy a nice rifle, shotgun and handgun. Take a class. Learn how to use them. Take a friend or family member! Don’t be a victim!
— OneNationUnderGod (@GodBlessUSA316) December 5, 2022
Lott referenced a report that was published by the Crime Prevention Research Center in 2021, which found 12 states mandate that public universities allow permitted concealed handguns on campus. Those states include Texas, Utah, and Mississippi. Another 23 states leave the decision to permit or ban concealed carry firearms up to the individual college or university.
“With all the states that colleges that allow campus carry, we don’t need to guess how it will work out. There is not one instance of a gun fired by someone legally carrying a gun on campus threatening another person or trying to commit a crime,” Lott pointed out.
Colleges are not the only schools that are allowing concealed carry now. High schools and grade schools are reportedly joining in as the threat of violence looms over students. Many have armed teachers following the horrific mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
More gun owners who carry and are properly trained in the the use means less crime. Criminals can easily choose to bypass jail time and meet their maker when trying to assault a properly trained gun owner.
— Elonfan (@MuskTakesOver) December 5, 2022
Florida is a prime example of this with more than 1,300 school staff members across 45 school districts arming up. Over 400 school districts in Texas also allow some designated school employees to arm themselves, according to the New York Times.
Gun control groups, such as Everytown, are frantically spewing out propaganda, brandishing so-called published data and reports that claim if campuses allow guns, the number of shootings, homicides, and suicides will massively increase. Many Americans are no longer buying what these groups have to sell on the issue since their children’s lives are at stake.
“Three out of five college students reported ‘overwhelming anxiety’ in the past year, and two out of five ‘felt so depressed that it was difficult to function,’” Everytown claimed, citing a national survey. “Rates of suicidal ideation also doubled between the 2006-2007 and 2016-2017 school years. With access to firearms tripling the risk of dying by suicide, the danger of allowing more guns on campus is clear.”
Banning guns from anywhere or anyone, is a direct violation of the second amendment.
— Mitch Miller (@MitchMJudge) December 5, 2022
Lott stated that “suicide is a frequent concern with guns on college campuses,” but he elaborated there is no instance of a person committing suicide on a campus with a legally owned firearm on record.
“Despite all the colleges that allow students, faculty, and staff to carry concealed handguns, there is not a single case of someone who legally had a gun committing suicide. Nor is there a case where someone got a hold of a legally allowed gun on campus and used that gun to commit suicide,” he asserted.
Lott argued that not only does banning guns prevent “people from protecting themselves on campus, it also prevents them from protecting themselves on their way to and from campus.”
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