Skip to comments.Students react to advancing gun bill(LA)
Posted on 04/18/2012 6:12:08 AM PDT by marktwain
While campus was empty and docile during spring break, the Louisiana Senate was in session and furthered a bill that could allow guns at the University.
The bill, SB 303, makes regulation and prohibition of firearms in Louisiana more difficult in an effort to protect the Second Amendment. It was first approved by a Senate judiciary committee April 3, and after debate on the Senate floor, the bill passed with an overwhelming 31-6 vote on April 9.
Gov. Bobby Jindal said he supported the bill at a National Rifle Association meeting on April 13, according to The Associated Press. The NRA is also an outspoken advocate of the bill.
Though opposition in the Senate has been thin, the bill raised concern among Louisiana officials, including those close to the University.
The Board of Regents testified to the Senate judiciary committee expressing its concern for college campuses.
Chancellor Michael Martin has expressed similar sentiments.
We should all be seriously concerned about the prospect of having guns on campus, in classrooms, in Tiger Stadium or the Lab School, Martin said.
Student Government President Cody Wells has expressed his support for guns on campus but not in classrooms. He could not be reached for comment on the bill as of press time.
Students had mixed reactions to the bill and the possibility of guns at the University.
We definitely shouldnt have guns on campus, said Craig May, political science senior.
May said guns on campus could potentially make the University less safe because unstable people could carry guns. He said he could imagine a stressed out student during finals week having a breakdown and possibly opening fire.
It could allow crazy people to carry guns, said Ashley Heard, criminology senior. People would have free range on campus.
But English junior Peyton Adkins said he thinks the potential law would not change anything because the requirement of a permit to carry a weapon makes him feel more secure in who is carrying guns on campus.
Philosophy junior Joseph Antoon agreed, saying a trained soldier with a gun in class would make him feel safer, but he said he also sees the dangers in allowing guns on campus.
I worry about accidental discharges or an accident where someone could get shot, Antoon said.
The age of college students and the environment of a university campus has a greater possibility of the guns on campus being dangerous, said Amanda Marionneaux, English senior.
Im very understanding of guns, but having no guns takes away the maybes, Marionneaux said.
The bill, authored by Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, will soon be debated in the House, and the fate of the bill will fall into the hands of Louisiana voters if it passes the Legislature.
I bet little Craig just tinkled in his hoplophobic panties before managing to make that courageous declaration.
These young skulls full of mush have been brainwashed to fear and loathe the gun. Just as Eric Holder planned, all those years ago.
That's like an open letter invite to psychopaths....to avoid return shots, only shoot students while in class, don't do it in the quad or student union.
“It could allow crazy people to carry guns.”
College students: known for speaking without thinking.
The best question would be to ask him, “How many crazy people are in the classes you are taking?”
The typical answer would be “I don’t know”, if they are honest.
“So if you, and likely nobody else, can tell them apart from ‘normal’ students, what are the chances that crazy students *care* about a rule that they are not supposed to have guns on campus?”
(The truth of the matter is that the *vast* majority of students who carry guns on campus *right now* (against the rules) are extremely serious about it and have LEO and/or military background, and/or intention to have LEO/military careers in their future. These are people you definitely want on your side during a gunfight.)
(I would go so far as to suggest that criminal justice and prior service or ROTC students should be encouraged to carry on campus. They make the campus a much safer place.)
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