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Should College Campuses allow CCWs to students/staff

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Started: 1/19/2017 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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College campuses should allow CCWs for the protection of students and staff.


Guns and schools are not usually associated with each other, but when they are, it"s often under tragic circumstances. The shootings at Columbine High School in April 1999, Virginia Tech University in April 2007 and Northern Illinois University in February have one thing in common: armed students gunning down their unarmed classmates.

Now some are arguing that students or teachers should be allowed to have guns at school. While it once would have been unthinkable for firearms to be allowed in and around schools, that"s no longer the case. The state of Utah now allows students, faculty and visitors to carry firearms on college campuses if they have permits to carry concealed weapons. Earlier this year, the Harrold Independent School District near Austin, Texas, began allowing employees to carry concealed firearms to school as long as the employees have permits. Texas doesn"t allow firearms on school grounds except under certain conditions, but the district"s trustees claimed that the school"s rural location near U.S. 287 makes it vulnerable to possible incidents. The school district appears to be the only one in the country with the policy.

The argument for guns in schools is self-defense: Armed students or teachers have the opportunity, not only to defend themselves, but to stop an assailant before other people are killed or injured.

That argument is highly controversial. E. Floyd Phelps, the retired director of fire safety at Southern Methodist University and current chairman of the Fire and Life Safety Council for ASIS International, says the Harrold school district is suggesting that, because teachers deal with students regularly, they are as qualified as police officers to carry a firearm. But police officers are tested about the types of situations where a firearm may or may not be needed, whereas the average person carrying a gun, including a teacher, isn"t, he says.

"No teacher would think that a police officer could come in and teach their class," Phelps says. "It"s the same thing with security, guns, schools and hostile situations.
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Posted by devcoch 1 year ago
Also, I don't disagree with CCW. I think it's not a simple issue as some try and box it into.
Posted by devcoch 1 year ago
JonHouser - you shouldn't assume. many people (or since you wanted to get specific liberals) know what CCW means and how to use one. You really posit much that is in no way indicative of a large group of people.
Posted by CosmoJarvis 1 year ago
A little while before, you were preaching that you wanted to "help" atheists, not criticize them.
Posted by CosmoJarvis 1 year ago
You really hate atheists, don't ya?
Posted by FollowerofChrist1955 1 year ago
You should attend this debate:
Atheism- A lost reality! A hopeless, helpless cause!
Posted by JonHouser 1 year ago
You might want to define CCW. I understand what you mean, but I would submit that most of the liberals who would challenge you have no idea what a CCW is or how to use one. Nor do they understand that CCWs do not endanger them in any way. Good luck with this debate.
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