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The Solution is Not More Guns On campus

Opinion Press - May 14, 2013 7:46 am

More people with more guns will not make college campuses safer.

More people with more guns will not make college campuses safer.

The Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees deserves respect for taking no delays in seeking a potential eventual exemption from a new state law allowing concealed handguns on state college campuses.

In their zeal to be pro-gun, Kansas legislators passed a new law this year legalizing concealed carry in all state and municipal buildings unless the building has adequate security measures to prevent weapons from being carried inside. However, it also allows certain institutions to seek an exemption through the attorney general’s office.

HCC first must conduct a study of the implications of the state law on the campus, determining whether it would be in the best interest of the college to permit students and other people to carry concealed handguns or to incur the cost of security measures at building entrances. The HCC trustees on Tuesday authorized the study.

Should it find that security measures are a safer solution than arming students and faculty – and how any study could conclude otherwise is unfathomable – then the state should pay for the security measures, not the local taxpayers or students. That would put a price on this reckless, politically motivated piece of legislation, which might cause legislators to reconsider the value of it.

More people with more guns will not make college campuses safer – especially when the alternative is metal detectors and guards at building entrances. One can only imagine the carnage of a shoot-out in a crowded hallway of a classroom building. Or, in the alternative, the cost of security at every building entrance.

The HCC board and administration are following the only responsible course of action that they can in response to this new law.

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