So, this has caused quite a stir. And, I’m kind of glad it has..guns are an important issue, yesterday, today and tomorrow. However, before you read it, I just want to clarify something. I am not calling for a ban on guns. I am just asking for a more common sense approach to something so powerful as a gun. I should have probably elaborated more on this, but of course, it somehow escaped my mind. There are people who can be responsible with guns, licensed or unlicensed, the same way I believe a person underage or of age can drink responsibly.
Guns, however, pose a different challenge than alcohol and so many other objects that kill or cause deaths (cars, matches, knives, physicians, etc). It must be noted that it’s not the object that kills, but the person who is handling the object. But what is a gun ultimately for? For killing, for destroying (a life, a piece of clay). That is why I’m against them, and that’s what motivated me to write the column for The Brown and White.
One more thing. Someone says I come off as arrogant–maybe I do, but I was trying to make a statement. It’s the “what the hell were these lawmakers thinking about when they proposed this bill” type of statement. Like I said in the column, aside from hunting, people own guns because other people own guns. It’s a vicious cycle of fear. It has to stop. Even people who were involved in college massacres or who lost a loved one in a college shooting have vehemently criticized the bill, which proves that the approach of the bill does not get to the root of the problem.
If the bill passes, then my suggestion is this: everyone who is carrying a concealed weapon on campus should carry a badge of some sort saying “I’m carrying a concealed weapon.” If you’re allowing them to be armed, then at least enforce transparency. But I can already see the dangers posed by this.
Here are some reactions to the bill:
and my column