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Students should consider implications behind campus carry

Students should consider implications behind campus carry

Students should consider  implications behind campus carry
May 05
02:53 2016

Preston Mitchell | Staff Writer

@Presto_Mitch

Next fall UNT will be decidedly different than ever before.

It will mark our first full year of having the Union, now the campus-wide lifesaver for sleep deprivation, and we will also become the site of a reinvented Boulevard bridge, which means that our bus routes can normalize again.

Most importantly, it will be our first semester where campus carry swings in full effect, to begin on Aug. 1. From that point forward, it will be legal for any licensed gun owner to bring their concealed weapons to campus, to equal amounts of dismay and excitement from within our populace.

Despite whatever opinion you have, or if you even own a gun, it is imperative to UNT’s safety that students understand the implications of bringing their guns to campus.

Campus carry laws only allow for the presence of guns, not the ethics of them. In this case, it’s important for us to analyze how necessary it is to take guns out of our homes. Since group mentality spreads almost virally, a handful of friends “packing heat” will surely influence another ensemble to do the same.

Carrying a gun to feel powerful is asinine. If you are someone who lacks the constitution to subdue a criminal by the use of lethal force, why the Hell should you think your valor will 

Nonprofit organizations across the country operate in favor of these laws, chiefly the Students for concealed carry that advocates under the practice of self-defense. Although I have implicit faith in our student body’s sanity, there are many alternatives to gun use.

If there is a sinister stalker trailing your every move, there are $40 pepper blasters that travel 13 feet every tenth of a second. Believe it or not, Smith & Wesson sells its own tactical pens, which can cause considerable damage to an assailant. Besides, why carry a handgun when a Swiss pocket knife doesn’t leave as much of a mess?

Above all dangers, campus carry increases the likelihood of school shootings. Studies have shown that crimes committed in Utah and Colorado went up by 50 and 25 percent after their carry legislations. Not the least of those crimes include sexual assault, another UNT issue that can potentially exacerbate in the fall.

In spite of every scenario possible, gun’s will soon be prevalent on our campus. After that, it is our courtesy to the students and faculty that we conceal our weapons astutely. In that context, leave this legal privilege alone and keep your guns off the premises.

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