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Michael Gibson
March 5th 2013

Should gun control be tightened?

1. Controlling firearms would save more lives in schools.

“When Students Pack Heat, the Danger Grows” USA Today, September 28, 2012

In May, when University of Colorado students left Boulder for summer break, their campus was gun-free. Last month, they returned to a campus where just about anyone can carry a gun just about anywhere. This misguided change wasn't the university's idea. For 136 years, dating to the days of the Wild West, Colorado's flagship university had kept guns off campus. Then, in 2008, two students and a national group called Students for Concealed Carry challenged the ban, and they eventually prevailed in the state's highest court. That made Colorado one of five states -- Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin are the others -- where public colleges can no longer ban guns on campus. (Wisconsin can still ban them inside buildings.) You don't need a Ph.D. to understand that letting college students pack heat is a recipe for tragedy. More guns on more campuses -- places where binge drinking, drug taking and immature judgment are common -- will undoubtedly cost more lives than they save.

2. Having a law controlling guns would prevent a Sandy Hook type tragedy.

“SHOTS” by Hendrik Hertzberg. New Yorker, Vol. 88, No. 42 ,Jan 7, 2013, pp. 17+.

Within hours of the unspeakable massacre of twenty first graders and six teachers and staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday, December 14th, bookers for the television networks' Sunday-morning political talk shows hit the phones, trolling for guests.... After Sandy Hook, as after the Columbine horror, in 1999, and the dozens of mass shootings since, many...
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