Changing gun rights in Ohio: How it affects us

Changing gun rights in Ohio: How it affects us

On March 14, 2022, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a new bill on gun rights and regulations. This bill, which goes into full effect June 12, 2022, allows anyone to carry a concealed handgun in Ohio, no longer requiring a permit or training to do so. Seeing this bill immediately set off red flags in my on-campus household. As many are aware, since 2018, students across the country have been rallying for March for Our Lives. The movement gained traction after numerous school and public shootings over the last few years, when the youth of America finally broke the silence on the tremendous effect guns have had on our lives. It is safe to say that at least half or more of our Capital University campus students have experienced an active shooter drill in primary school. They became an integral part of our lives growing up, something that was normalized and prepared for. Yet, can you ever really be prepared for a student or random person to come and shoot down your classmates and teachers? Can you really prepare to throw books and barricade chairs so you don’t get shot? Can you really prepare to send a text to your family in a dark classroom, knowing you might not see them again? I am someone who was raised to not be scared of guns. My father has a Concealed Carry Permit; I’ve shot guns, and usually I am comfortable with being around them. I can understand why someone would […]

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