Mira, on 28 December 2010 - 02:46 AM, said:
I attended a private university, and I always thought it strange that you'd get more demerits for having sex on campus than you would for bringing a firearm onto the campus.
That said, if I was still a student, I'd prefer for guns to be kept off campus. Here's my reasoning:
If you're in an area where you know guns aren't allowed, then if you see someone carrying one, you know that something is wrong and you should probably run and get help.
On the other hand, if guns are allowed and you see someone armed, there's nothing to tell you whether they're carrying it legally or illegally. Your course of action becomes unclear. (Until they do something.)
I haven't researched this on a global scale, so I thought I'd look some info up just for fun. Yeah, I know, I need a life.
Here is a list of countries and the average number of gun related deaths per 100,000 people
. I had no idea the USA was so high on the list!
Unfortunately, that list doesn't say what gun control laws (if any) each country is using. For that, you'll want to look at this link
You raise some interesting points. But one problem is, if you want to ban guns on campus you have to figure out how to enforce it- for instance, do you post metal detectors and security guards at every entrance? It would create a huge inconvenience for every one and make it take a lot longer for all students and faculty to get where they need to go. This might even be feasible at very small schools with one or two main buildings but at large universities with many different buildings, entrances, dorms etc. the financial cost and crowding would be tremendous. Obviously if someone wants to sneak a gun into a building they aren't going to wave it around (they'll conceal it) so guards would have to search everyone
who sets off a metal detector. Also, if they give the guards permission to search anyone who "looks suspicious" it will no doubt lead to racial profiling and abuse of power.
The United States has one of the highest rates of gun related deaths in the world... But I don't think this is simply because our country has weaker gun laws than other industrialized nations... Canada has high gun ownership yet their violent crime rate is much lower. Why? More social safety nets / better quality of life for the average citizen. Our country has much higher rates of poverty than other industrialized nations, and there is a very strong correlation between poverty and violent crime... That is, poor people are far more likely to resort to crime to make money since they have less opportunities, less social assistance, and living in poor areas leads to a more violent upbringing.
A lot of opponents of gun control laws absolutely hate the movie "Bowling for Columbine" because they think its a pro gun control movie, but most of it has nothing to do with gun control. Most of the film is actually implying that the main differences between the US and other developed nations like Canada, UK, etc. is that those countries take better care of their people... with universal health care, affordable / subsidized housing, higher minimum wages, lower cost of living, etc. If most of your citizens are basically comfortable. content, and well taken care of they are far less likely to resort to violence.
Edited by JerrySizzler, 28 December 2010 - 05:27 PM.