Lawmakers in New Hampshire will vote in January whether to continue to allow colleges in the state to ban guns on campus. Well, one Republican legislator is going public with his stance -- guns do indeed belong in schools.
Weapons are currently banned on all campuses of the University System of New Hampshire, and the system would like to keep the right to regulate such matters but lawmakers may take that decision away.
The Associated Press reports that in an email to university officials and his fellow legislators, Rep. Mark Proulx said banning guns is a fatal mistake:
"For people that are supposed to be so smart, you never learn from history. The history lesson you should have learned is that gun free zones become killing zones. These killing zones are the places that crazy people who are looking to make a name for themselves go.
"I don't want to see anybody get hurt. When we tell people there are no guns there, that's where people will go."
He repeated the old argument that an armed student could stop a mass shooting. However anti-gun activists say it is rare, if it has ever happened at all, that a mass shooting has been stopped by an armed citizen.
University system Chancellor Edward MacKay wrote to lawmakers last week, saying more guns will lead to more shootings:
"We host thousands of young people who are continuing to learn and mature. Introducing weapons of deadly force into a milieu where impetuous behavior can sometimes take place is, in my opinion, dangerous and potentially catastrophic. College years are often among the most volatile periods in a person's life and if guns are present, it is much more likely tragic incidences could occur."