By Jon via americanconcealed.com
Dismissing college students as bumbling idiots incapable of assuming adult responsibilities could end up costing lives. Theirs. Making the argument that college students don’t deserve to lawfully arm themselves puts them in serious danger. Here are four good reasons why college students across should be allowed to carry. Ignoring them could result in (more) disaster on campus . . .
1 College Campuses are Targets for Violence
There have been a number of well-documented violent attacks involving an active shooters on college campuses in the past few years. The crowded spaces filled with busy, preoccupied students offer deranged individuals a target-rich environment. These incidents get lots of news exposure. And far more violence occurs on university campuses that is swept under the rug in order to keep up the polished images of many schools. Violent crimes like rape and physical assault are on the rise as student populations grow.
2 Colleges are Filled with Responsible, Law-Abiding Citizens
More often than not, students come from the local community and are taking classes part-time. Colleges and universities student bodies are no longer comprised solely young people fresh from home. Non-traditional older students are tax-paying citizens who obey the law, and they deserve the right to protect themselves by carrying concealed weapons when they choose. Assuming that every student on campus is just there to party is totally off target. So to speak.
3 There is Just as Much Stress Off Campus as There is On Campus
A common argument against campus carry is that college students are under too much stress to to be “allowed” the privilege of armed self defense. Opponents say students are so worried about upcoming tests or roommate troubles that they couldn’t possibly be entrusted with a gun. But is life off campus any more sedate? Civilian disarmers need to face facts and realize that anyone living and working in the community deals with just as much stress – maybe even more – than a college student. Millions of certified and trained citizens carry concealed weapons without issue, every day, while bearing up under car payments, mortgages, taking the kids to school, and high-pressure careers.
It’s time to stop assuming that all college students are immature party animals who don’t deserve to protect themselves when a violent criminal targets them. Most students are there to work hard, often after already putting in a shift on the job elsewhere. Treat college students with the same respect you’d give anyone else living in your community, and make armed self-defense a reality for them.