Reader: The legislature bans concealed weapons, so why can't colleges?
Yesterday, Kelsey Whipple wrote about a petition from CU Denver philosophy professor Chad Kautzer to prohibit concealed weapons from state campuses. Our readers responded by debating the pros and cons of the concept. Here's a post citing four reasons to consider such a ban, with one point rules legislators have approved for themselves.
Here are a few things to keep in mind: (1) There is no evidence that more guns make environments safer; (2) The Colorado legislators obviously agree with this, since they ban concealed weapons where they work (why aren't gun advocates screaming at them?); (3) Antonin Scalia argued in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment should not be read "to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings;" and (4) Criminals are not a different species; they are people who break the law. Having a concealed carry permit does not somehow prevent one from breaking the law (unfortunately!)
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