Thatís the best way I can sum up why I support the legal right to carry concealed firearms, both on campus and otherwise.
Remember the Cold War? We had two super powers, vying for power and supremacy, both with an arsenal of nuclear warheads capable of destroying the world several times over. What stopped each of them from blowing the other to kingdom come? Mutually assured destruction.
Have you ever seen the classic 1980ís movie war games? The only way to win the game thermonuclear war is not to play the game at all.
Itís pretty simple psychology and is valid at an interpersonal level as well. Really, who is going to rob a store if they think the clerk, as well as the other patrons, may be packing heat? It changes the whole risk-reward equation for a lot of crimes.
Sure, it is always best to call 911 and wait for the police to diffuse a situation, but sometimes that is not possible. Quick action can save lives.
It is well-known that if a person wants a gun, he or she can get one easily through various channels, some legal, some not. If a criminal wants to carry a concealed weapon, no little sign on the door or outside of campus banning the practice of concealed carry is going to deter them. But law-abiding citizens will respect those regulations.
Suddenly, in areas where concealed carry is banned, criminals only have to fear deadly repercussions from other criminals. All the law abiding citizens are now just blanks. So where do you think a criminal is more likely to strike? An area that allows legal concealed carry or one that bans the practice?
A lot of debate has been going on about whether the government should allow concealed firearms at the Missouri State University and other college campuses. Some students argue that allowing deadly weapons on campus will make the school a more dangerous place. But what about the thousands of deadly weapons already here (and out in the open)? Seriously, what is more dangerous than a raved lunatic in a motor vehicle? Road rage happens. Maybe we should ban cars? Or sharpened pencils (those can hurt)? Really, Iíd rather that people not have guns. But we donít live in a perfect world and Iím a realist.
A drivers license is fairly simple to obtain, but not so with a CCW permit. An individual must be at least 23-years-old, have completed a training program and be fingerprinted at the Sheriffís office.
Much of the debate has focused on how concealed carry may have stifled a campus massacre like the one at Virginia Tech. While I think it may have made some difference in that situation, these incidents are few and far between. Letís look at a more likely scenario. Burglary. Assault. Rape. From 2005-to-2007, MSU police reported 144 robberies on campus, 8 cases of aggravated assault and 18 incidents of forcible sex offenses. Shouldnít students be allowed to defend themselves?
While I donít know if Iíd carry a gun myself, if my wife was out on campus after dark for classes, Iíd feel a heck of a lot safer if she was carrying a concealed weapon. What rapist is going to attack a women if thereís a possibility he gets his **** blown off? If it happens a few times, I bet potential campus rapists might think twice.
Mutually assured destruction. You hurt me and Iíll hurt you. I wish this type of logic wasnít needed in the world. Maybe someday it wonít. But for now, we should allow concealed carry of weapons in most public places, including campus. It could save lives.