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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on Aug. 23, 2008, in response to the Camera’s question: A student group tried to convince the University of Colorado regents to loosen the school’s gun-control rules and allow those with handgun permits to carry concealed guns on campus. But the Boulder campus police department favors the university gun guidelines as they now stand, saying that allowing gun-permit holders to have weapons on college campuses could be chaotic. The regents, so far, have shot the concealed-carry proposal down. What do you think?

I need no more shootings like the ones at Columbine or Virginia Tech to support concealed firearms on campus. I support the laws governing concealed weapons and believe that if criteria remain high in granting permits, we are in better hands with the extra guns out there on CU’s campus. We’d have more chances to stop a killer that way.

I’d go so far as to say let teachers and staff carry guns like a small school district in Harrold, Texas. The teachers and staff there will carry concealed firearms when classes begin this month. The sheriff could not get there in time to protect the school. The same is true on CU’s campus. If a shooter ran into a building, the campus police wouldn’t be in a position to help until many victims fell.

I agree with David Thweatt, superintendent of the Harrold Independent School District. As reported on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he said: “When the federal government started making schools gun-free zones, that’s when all of these shootings started. Why would you put it out there that a group of people can’t defend themselves? That’s like saying ‘sic ’em’ to a dog.”

*This title was modified from the Camera title for clarity on this blog.

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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on Dec. 15, 2007:

Two died a few days ago when Matthew Murray packed two handguns, an assault rifle and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition into a Colorado Springs Church after killing two at a youth mission training center in Arvada. Earlier in December, Robert Hawkins killed eight while randomly shooting at a shopping mall in Omaha, Neb. The worst campus shooting in U.S. history occurred in April of this year at Virginia Tech, where Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and wounded many more in classrooms and a dorm. The list of shooting sprees goes on and on and on.

To prevent mass shootings at the University of Colorado, the regents have banned carrying firearms on campus with the exception of students living on residence halls using police storage areas. The Colorado Attorney General’s Office supports CU’s position.

In considering the regents’ move, imagine drunk and angry students expressing themselves during finals with firepower rather than couch bonfires. After these bonfires of a few years ago in the streets, the Boulder City Council banned couches on porches. While not all students engaged in making bonfires, less availability translated into fewer incidents. With that thought, the CU regents’ move seems prudent to ban guns on campus. Nevertheless, regents need to assure students and staff that they are not sitting ducks, should a shooting occur, by having a workable safety plan with response time within a few minutes to anywhere on campus. If they cannot do this, they should reconsider their ban.

Churches have another mix to consider. They are places of peace and open doors. While it is true guns and worship don’t usually mix, churches should decide for themselves their own policies. After all, Jeanne Assam, who was trained in the use of her concealed weapon she carried with a permit, saved numerous lives at the New Life Church against Matthew Murray’s massive firepower.

*This title was not part of the original Camera publication.

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