Young college kids are not well known for using good judgement. They party, go on drinking binges and text while driving 70 miles an hour, but even they know better than to go into a gun dorm.
Who knew that a college would ever have a gun dorm, but in August the University of Colorado announced it was segregating students to one dorm who had a concealed weapons carrying permit. The University had a ban on students bringing guns on campus, but the state Supreme court upheld a lower court ruling that brought down the schools ban on weapons. Now students who have a permit can be armed in their dorm or in class rooms. The kicker is that students who opted for a gun dorm is zero.
In Georgia, the argument is whether to allow guns in churches. In Arizona, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia, you can carry a gun into a bar, and now in Colorado where a crazy man shot and killed people in a movie theater, and two teenagers had a shooting spree at their high school, the powers that be say it’s okay to bring guns into the University. Even students knew that kids with roaring hormones, poor impulse control, drugs and binge drinking did not need guns.
The gun rights movement is ongoing. They are pushing gun ownership beyond all reason, for everybody, everywhere, and are willing to run over anyone banning arms, even when it makes good sense. In a country where the mentally ill have access to guns, surely there is some middle ground for responsible adults to own guns for the protection of their homes and family, and a way to deny kids, unstable people and criminals of firearms.
Some people believe that an armed citizenry will help prevent crime, but we are not on some old wild west TV show. We are for real and guns kill. We live in a country where 60 mass shootings have taken place since 2011, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. These kids at the University of Colorado and the empty gun dorm just might have better judgement than their elders.