Comment of the Day

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.

mraufklarung writes:

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!)

For more memorable takes, visit our Comment of the Day archive.

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
Contact: Michael Roberts