Letter to the Editor: Concealed handguns on college campuses

Letter to the Editor: Concealed handguns on college campuses

Since the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in the 1960s, I have been writing and speaking about gun control. In 1964, I debated the issue at Clarion State College. In 1971, I wrote my master’s thesis on the gun issue. In 2007, my book, “America’s Great Gun Game: Gun Ownership vs Americans’ Safety,” was published. For the past 40 years I have published numerous letters on the gun issue in newspapers, including the Minnesota Daily. I also taught speech communication courses in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of Minnesota from 1974 through 2010. When I taught public speaking classes, students were required to present a speech of controversy. I estimate that more than 200 students selected the gun issue. I will briefly review the history of concealed weapons in the United States. In 1824, President James Madison, author of the Second Amendment, and President Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, believed that guns had no place on college campuses. Today, pro-gun politicians cannot avoid the fact that these founding fathers banned firearms for the universities they founded. They would not have allowed faculty, staff and students to carry loaded handguns on campus. Adam Winkler, author of “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Fight to Bear Arms in America,” asserted that the Wild West had more gun control than we do today. Frontier towns established strict gun-control measures. After the assassination of President James Garfield, the […]

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