Guns Make College More Dangerous

Guns Make College More Dangerous

Last month, Senator Jessica Castleberry (R-35/Rapid City) urged South Dakota college students to lobby their legislators to allow guns on campus so they can protect themselves from rampant crime and discrimination. Mary Garrigan, member of Rapid City Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, responds with a letter to the Rapid City Journal inviting Senator Castleberry to a conversation about the well-established evidence that guns on campus create more danger for college students : In truth, there is no evidence that allowing guns on campus makes students any safer or reduces crime, including sexual assault crimes, on campuses. In fact, research indicates that allowing guns on campuses will likely lead to more gun homicides and suicides, more non-fatal shootings and more threats with a firearm. Historically, college campuses have prohibited guns and are relatively safe environments. Crime statistics from the U.S. Dept. of Justice show that 93 percent of all violent crime against college students occurs off campus, not on. And any suggestion that campus carry would help reduce a high rate of sexual assault crimes against students is largely fiction. It fails to acknowledge the fact that 8 out of 10 sexual assault victims know their assailants (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network). This crime frequently occurs in social situations, often involving alcohol and someone they trust enough to forego packing a gun in their handbag – not in a dark campus parking lot by an unknown perpetrator [Mary Garrigan, letter to the editor , Rapid City […]

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