A group of University of Kentucky students wants to bring guns into the classroom. While current law does not allow students to carry concealed firearms, the group is rallying to change these regulations.
Pro-gun organization Students for Concealed Carry set up a recruitment table on campus Tuesday, passing out fliers while donning empty gun holsters.
Kentucky Chapter Director Tyler Waide spoke with the Lexington Herald-Leader about the organization’s aim. He said, "Our basic goal is to get legislation passed through the state legislature to prevent public universities from telling students with concealed permits that they cannot carry weapons on campus. Our goal is to get attention and to get our mission out."
Students and staff are already permitted to keep guns in their cars, but may not carry the weapons around campus. Jay Blanton, a spokesperson for UK, said, "That recommendation was offered years ago from safety officials and police to safeguard the campus."
Blanton also said, "We deeply respect that students have differing points of views on issues, including this one. And, as importantly, we respect that they are able to demonstrate and promote those views in a respectful and civil manner. It's a shared value at the University of Kentucky and one we celebrate."
Students for Concealed Carry is a national organization that started in 2007 in response to the Virginia Tech shooting.
Although some students may feel safer with guns, evidence is not on their side. USA Today reports that guns kept in the home are 22 times more likely to be used in suicides, criminal shootings or accidental shootings than in self-defense. And Washington Post column "The Fact Checker" states that carrying concealed weapons is not shown to decrease crime, despite gun-proponent's claims. Not to mention that school shootings are on the rise.
Given these facts, it seems highly unlikely that a gun-wielding student body would make school a safer place.