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Campuses: Armed fortresses?Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2007, at 9:11 AM
How far should college students be allowed to defend themselves against the bad guys?
MTSU's student government voted 23-4 last week against allowing those with gun permits to go armed on campus. This followed an attack on a young woman in her dorm room.
Meanwhile, a few hundred miles away at the University of Memphis, a student was killed by gunfire. No one there spoke out in favor of arming students.
Should students at universities be allowed to carry such a deadly form of self-protection? On the other hand, should guns on a campus populated by adults, not children, be banned?
And what about those few who would misuse weapons and go on shooting sprees?
I wonder how many MTSU students, most of whom live off campus, actually have guns in their apartments.
It must be tough to be a college student these days, never knowing if one of the campus misfits will go on a shooting spree.
I can see arming oneself in self-defense, but a campus shouldn't be a place where fear should reign or where everyone should go armed. Unfortunately, danger invades too often these days.
Decent students should be allowed to protect themselves. But to what extent?
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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