Open Carry. More Like Open Kill.

Can I just take a moment to express my irritation and frustration with this whole Open Carry law having been passed.

Before this past semester I had never even heard of ‘open carry’ or even had an opinion. But I was in a journalism class and one of our assignments was to go around campus and ask students what they thought about the law, if they wanted it passed or not, and why. So before we went out I had to brush up on my knowledge of the subject. My partner and I went out and it was a pretty even split between those wanting and not wanting the ‘open carry’ law to pass.

As soon as I learned what it was I was turned off by it. I’m kind of one of those people who feels like guns should be seriously limited. I know I am probably in the minority there, especially living in Texas, but it is my own personal feelings. Β I have seen a study about regular citizens who have guns and the effects that has. The thing that has stood out to me the most is that when a threat actually does arise the majority of people with a weapon can’t meet their mark due to stress and fear. Well that tells me that they will more likely do more harm than good by killing either themselves or someone else.

I know that danger does happen and it does happen on college campuses, but I don’t think having people with guns is the answer. I don’t think that killing is the answer.

I was expressing my thoughts the other night at work and it was brought to my attention that only licensed people will be able to carry, but that doesn’t make me feel any better about it. Sure, they may know what they are doing in a controlled classroom, but there is no telling how they will react when something does happen. It also bothers me that guns can be misplaced, lost, dropped, and stolen. I don’t feel safe knowing that these guns could get in the hands of just about anybody- Frat guys or any stressed student going through a rough time.

There is no telling what anyone might do. But we have now allowed guns on our campuses to see what will happen. Yay! Can’t wait to go back to school in the fall now. Not.

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7 thoughts on “Open Carry. More Like Open Kill.

  1. Well, this is an area where you and I are really on the opposite sides of the fence. I fully support Open Carry and even Campus Carry.

    Let’s take the points you raised individually. While I’m not aware of what studies you’ve cited; I do follow the subject of armed self defense quite closely. The truth of the matter isn’t found in studies but in the reality lived out on the streets every day.

    A University of Chicago Study revealed that in 1993 approximately 700,000 police killed 330 innocent individuals, while approximately 250,000,000 private citizens only killed 30 innocent people. Do the math. That’s a per capita rate for the police, of almost 4000 times higher than the population in general. OK, that is a little misleading. Let’s just include the 80,000,000 gun owning citizens. Now the police are down to only a 1200 times higher accidental shooting rate than the gun-owning population in general.
    That still sounds high. So let’s look at it in a different light. According to a study by Newsweek magazine, only 2% of civilian shootings involve an innocent person being shot (not killed). The error rate for police is 11%. What this means is that you are more than 5 times more likely to be accidentally shot by a policeman than by an armed citizen. But, when you consider that citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as do police every year, it means that, per capita, you are more than 11 times more likely to be accidentally shot by a policeman than by an armed citizen. That is as low as I can get that number.

    Now police and ordinary people have wildly different requirements but the fact of the matter is the average person is not shooting or killing innocent people at reckless levels.

    This is backed by statistics from the Center for Disease Control, via their WISQARS program.

    Unintentional Injuries
    Year Number of injuries Population Crude Rate Age-Adjusted Rate**
    2003 18,941 290,107,933 6.53 6.46
    2004 16,555 292,805,298 5.65 5.64
    2005 15,388 295,516,599 5.21 5.10
    2006 14,678 298,379,912 4.92 4.86
    2007 15,698 301,231,207 5.21 5.13
    2008 17,215 304,093,966 5.66 5.66
    2009 18,610 306,771,529 6.07 6.00
    2010 14,161 308,745,538 4.59 4.61
    2011 14,675 311,582,564 4.71 4.66
    2012 17,362 313,873,685 5.53 5.45
    2013 16,864 316,128,839 5.33 5.3

    So the people aren’t accidentally shooting each other in huge numbers either. People are generally pretty safe in their use of firearms. Compare this numbers to the number injuries for drownings, poisons or vehicle related injuries to see how safe they are.

    And as far as danger on Campus – a couple of things. Most mass shootings don’t stop until someone with a firearm shows up. Then the shooter either suicides or is killed. Few are ever stopped by unarmed people. And average people stop more shootings then the media would care to admit — they have a distinct anti-bias, so they seldom provide in depth coverage. While you don’t think that killing is the answer; sometimes it has to happen to save lives. Shouldn’t a person of your stature be allowed to use a firearm to defend herself from someone heavier or stronger?

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/10-potential-mass-shootings-that-were-stopped-by-someone-wit#.ydKw1LEAE

    And let’s talk about those people who are licensed to carry (you know some of them by the way). According to the Texas Department of Public Safety which tracks convictions of CHL holders, at no time since the inception has convictions of CHL holders has never been above 0.50 % of all convictions. Less than half of one percent, and that is for all crimes not just firearm related crimes. It certainly appears from the data that gun owners really do know what they are doing.

    . It also bothers me that guns can be misplaced, lost, dropped, and stolen. I don’t feel safe knowing that these guns could get in the hands of just about anybody- Frat guys or any stressed student going through a rough time.

    Why be concerned about firearms — let’s talk about cars; aren’t you concerned about those same frat guys (really a little sexism there, isn’t it?) or stressed students — being a danger behind the wheel? In fact since firearms can’t be carried by those under 21 (unless in the military) there is more people to worry about driving then carrying. Of course, the fact that most campuses don’t have metal detectors, don’t have pat-downs, don’t have any way of telling who is carrying and who isn’t– means those who want to break the law can easily do so NOW. All Campus Carry does is let those who obey the law carry.
    And while most people focus on the young as being the ones involved in college, the fact is there are more ‘non-traditional students’ — those who are older, married, living off campus, going to school part time, — many veterans for example, returning back to school.
    These are the people likely to be the ones who take advantage of Campus Carry, right?

    Bob S.

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  2. Oh god. It think I can speak for the majority of the Europeans when I say that we can’t comprehend the “everyone can own a gun” thing and allowing them on your campus makes it even worse doesn’t make ANY sense to me. We don’t carry guns around and are perfectly fine and taking them to a college just seems.. pointless, frightening? Why would someone do that? We also don’t walk around with knives “just in case we have to defend ourselves”. Oh well.

    I think it’s awesome you have a different opinion than the rest!

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