I am a non-traditional full-time student at EKU, and I’m writing concerning the comments, opinions and views regarding the concealed carry on campus. I believe that the shootings which have been happening over many years at different schools are simply proof time and again that the authorities, the schools, local, state and federal government are just unable to put the genie back in the bottle, like so many gun-control advocates would like to see happen. For clarity, the issue isn’t whether or not people should have a concealed carry permit, it’s whether or not we should be able to carry on campus. Currently, you have to be 21 to buy a handgun and at the minimum take the state certified gun safety class to get a permit. There are lots of restrictions on who can apply for a permit. Also, Kentucky’s permit is reciprocated in many other States, www.packing.org. For those who are unaware, here in Kentucky, it is legal to carry a loaded gun right on your belt in plain view without any permit at all as long as you are old enough, but not on campuses or in bars. If a person with or without a permit shoots another person and injures or kills them, the shooter does not have immunity to the law.
They are prosecuted like everyone else and many face juries and jail time, even if their act seemed like the right thing to do at the time. It depends on how the jury sees it when it goes to trial. It’s a huge responsibility to carry a gun, and the decision to use it is even a bigger one for the person shooting. Deadly weapons are covered in KRS regulations 237.110 through 237.136. So should we carry guns on campus? If I’m ever held at gunpoint, or I’m backed up against the wall and a shooter is about to get me, how happy do you think I’d be to see someone have the courage, and take the chance, to save my life by pulling out a gun and shooting the bad guy?
Or we could ask the families of the victims who have been shot in schools, would they like to have their loved ones back if given the chance, any chance at all? I’m old enough to remember the Kent State massacre. This isn’t a new problem, and it’s not going to just go away. For those who are interested, there is a beautiful memorial there at Kent State University for the students who were shot and killed by the National Guard during a demonstration many years ago.
The recent incident of the policemen shooting students in school over his girlfriend is just more evidence to allow the carry on campus. Police and Military are human just like us. They face issues and have problems. I’d be interested to know how many people on campus have a permit. I spent 6 years in the Military, did 3 tours, and my specialty was “Fire Control”, or “Weapons systems specialist” as it’s listed on my DD214, (military exit papers). Plus I’ve had carry permits in 3 states. My lawyer told me, “Carry a gun. You’d rather be alive and in jail, than dead”.
Of course, we can’t ask the people who’ve been already killed how they feel about it.
What do you think they’d say?