Opinion | The University of Iowa needs to stay a gun-free campus

Opinion | The University of Iowa needs to stay a gun-free campus

The UI should stay a gun-free zone despite lifting gun restrictions. The prominant Hunting section of Scheels in Iowa City displays their firearms on Feb. 7, 2016. Hundreds of guns sit on the second floor of the All Sports store in the Coral Ridge Mall located in Corallville, Iowa. Iowa is lifting gun restrictions across the state, but it is important that gun limitations stay enforced on the University of Iowa campus. Currently, the UI is a gun-free campus. For the safety of all students and staff it should stay this way. In an email to The Daily Iowan, UI Public Safety spokesperson Hayley Bruce wrote the UI’s gun rules would be determined by the state Board of Regents. In a separate email, regents’ spokesperson Josh Lehman said the regens don’t anticipate changes being made to those gun rules. Universities, especially the UI, are extremely crowded. Places like residence halls have hundreds of young adults living in tight living situations. Someone with a gun would have access to so many victims before any police would have the ability to make it there to stop them. The thought of guns being used in a residence hall is terrifying. Students deserve to go to sleep without fear of their neighbor or roommate hurting someone. Some on-campus locations, such as fraternity houses, are known for excessive alcohol use . These same locations already have a history of violence, specifically hazing that has led to death and sexual violence . Adding weapons to […]

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