The problem with gun control in college campuses has become a debate nowadays. 50% of the population is for it as well as against it. Despite all the positive feedback the public has to say about allowing concealed weapons on campus, they are dangerous. Guns should not be allowed on college campuses because students are not fully matured, are under the influence, and it affects the learning environment.
Students are not fully developed by the age they start college. More than a hand full of students start attending universities at an early age in order to get ahead. This triggers a bigger problem since their age level is 15-17 years of age. They could be considered victims and involve in a deadly situation. Although, 21 year olds with a valid license are allowed to carry guns they can hand over their gun to a minor and cause an accident. Therefore, cannot be trusted handling a deadly weapon. In “More guns on campuses would be a ‘deadly mix’” clams, “College students, in general, exhibit lower maturity levels and are not as experienced with handling guns as their older counterparts, said Carol Epps, Converse College counseling services director” (2). Regardless if college students were to be trained on how to use a concealed weapon their mentality is weak. Neurology confirms that college students are not smart when it comes to making decisions (Aleister 2). A student may pull the trigger for an unnecessary reason without thinking the situation though and putting many in danger. The area of the brain that is in charge of decision making, may not fully develop until the age of 30. The state of Texas should reconsider having college students’ handling guns for college safety (Aleister 2). The studies that Neurology has gathered prove a point. One can’t hand them a loaded gun knowing their cerebrum is not capable of responsible reasoning. It is impossible for a undergraduate to protect themselves without causing a bigger problem or putting others at risk.
Attending classes under the influence is a common situation most campuses face. Now in day a lot of teenagers are involved in drug and alcohol abuse. Although, background checks are required before being trusted with a concealed weapon it’s possible that the student may change his habits in and out of day. In “The Case Against Guns on Campus” Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence claims, “Nearly half of American’s full-time college students abuse drugs or binge drink at least once a month. For college owners, the rate of bring-drinking is even higher – two thirds” (1). Campuses deal with a lot of cases with students under the influence. Try and picture a scenario where a teenager who’s been consuming alcohol pulls out a gun for no apparent reason. He may be the cause of a deadly incident. Researchers from Harvard have shown that college students who own guns are highly irresponsible. They are more likely to engage in drinking, drugs, vandalize property, and get in trouble with the police (Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 2). The majority of people who will be carrying concealed weapons are those who are involved in trouble outside of campus. Thus, this will increase danger on campus. The environment of an undergraduate is more than enough to question why should they be handling guns. Alcohol and drugs are hard to avoid being a college student. Having a combination of being under the influence and a unfinished brain development could easily lead to accidents (Aleister 2). Often, students are surrounded by bad influences this includes peer pressure. This can lead to negative outcomes. Their environment does not compare to an adult’s environment. Consequently, guns and at a college campus are not a smart idea.
Guns get in the way of a positive learning environment. The thought knowing you are surrounded by deadly weapons makes you feel unsafe on campus. Having people wonder around if your classmates, professors, or other staff, are secretly walking around with a loaded gun is a sidetrack for a learning environment. Concealed guns being present in class makes everyone on campus fear and feel nervous. Having someone around campus planning an attack is dangerous enough. By more people being armed wouldn’t be the strongest suggestion to take care of that situation (Randall 2). Students expect to attend class to focus on lecture, get work done, and socialize. Having more than half of the building carrying a gun not only makes it difficult to process things during school hours but it also makes them feel unsecure. In “Guns have no place on college campuses” Daniel Charnoff claims, “College campuses, however, are places of learning and trust. Guns should simply not be permitted to intrude on the positive environment that so many colleges seek to create” (2). Universities and community colleges are built to enforce skills with a positive mind and attitude. Adding guns to an environment where it should be peaceful and creating a bright future for students becomes a dangerous place. If household weapon ownership has a higher rate of homicides, suicide, and accidental shooting as Harvard Injury Control Center mentioned. A deadly weapon in the classroom with an average of 30 students is equally, if not more dangerous (Mesquite Editorial Board 3). Owning a personal gun at home can be a threat to those who live in your household. This applies double the threat to collage and universities. On another note, having a large amount of students in one class room not only sidetracks them but increases the chances of getting hurt. All things considered, guns disrupt the learning environment. School is a place where students, faculty, and staff will feel threaten more than secured.
In summary, society has two different perspectives on how they view gun control. University and community colleges are at risk by allowing firearms on campus. Allowing students carry a heavy weapon will disrupt the positive learning environment, students are not fully developed, and are under the influence. The state of Texas should be reconsidering the law. It may affect many and lead to serious consequences.