It happened at least seven times this month–gun scares on US college campuses. Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, was locked down for hours on Friday while Muncie police and Indiana State Police troopers searched four buildings on the 700-acre, 100-building campus. Junior Krystal Palmer, an art education major from Ohio, told the Associated Press she had been locked in a classroom during the gun emergency. On the same day, the library at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts was evacuated when a man entered with the butt of an apparent gun sticking out of his backpack.
I did a quick check.
Ball State University: No weapons allowed.
Northern Illinois University: “Students may not have or keep any firearm on their persons, in their quarters, or in their motor vehicles at any time while on university property except with the permission of the chief security officer of the university.”
Central Connecticut State University: “We follow the State’s Zero Tolerance Policy for workplace violence and weapons on State property.”
Indiana University: No weapons allowed.
Wingate University: Unable to find ANY info on student or employee behavior.
A&T State University: No weapons allowed.
So the geniuses of the National Gun Victims Action Council ridicule the idea of students having to defend themselves:
“Currently, gun lovers are beating their chests about two Gonzaga University students who allegedly staved off a homeless man at their off-campus Spokane apartment by displaying their illegally kept firearm.” (note: the homeless man was a six time convicted felon)
But apparently people with guns and bad intentions are coming in freely those the campuses even when a strict policy is in place.
Their reasoning? Parents won’t spend money on campuses where the kids can have firearms to defend themselves. Because, you know, parents do not care if their kids are safe, just how much it costs to pay for college.