El Paso County District Judge Miller should rule in favor of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, effectively reversing the University of Colorado’s ban on carrying concealed guns on campus. In addition to the constitutional issues in the case, I’d feel safer knowing permit-granted, concealed guns would be on campus.
In December 2007, 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. Jeanne Assam, a former police officer, stopped Murray’s massacre plans with her concealed gun.
However, another tragic scenario played out with no one coming to the rescue. Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and wounded many more at Virginia Tech in the worst campus shooting in U.S. history.
In 2007, I generally supported the regents’ ban on concealed guns on campus. My reasoning was drunk and angry students expressing themselves with firepower would be seriously worse than couch bonfires some CU students used at the time. And, I saw a dramatic decline in or cessation of these bonfires after the Boulder City Council banned couches on porches. My assumption was that banning guns on campus would have the same results as banning couches on porches. Safety would increase.
Nevertheless, there’s a flaw in this thinking. Regents cannot guarantee students and employees will receive help within minutes of a shooter going on a rampage. On the other hand, those carrying concealed weapons could be close enough to help. The more carriers of concealed guns there are on campus, or at least the possibility of them, the more deterrents to take the bulls eye off CU students and employees.