University president: students carry out campus shootings, 'would be kind of odd to allow them to have guns'
A shooting scare Wednesday at the University of Oklahoma (OU) has ignited a debate over whether students should be able to carry their licensed firearms on campus.
Although the false alarm was likely caused by the sound of construction machinery backfiring, gun rights advocates are asking why students and faculty cannot carry their licensed firearms to campus.
"I can’t say how strongly I am opposed to arming people and putting guns in the hands of people who don’t have specialized training to respond to this kind of incident."
New legislation is on the table that would allow college students to carry their registered firearms to campus, filed by state Representative John Enns (R).
However, OU President David Boren has reservations about the legislation, including the possibility that students might respond to a campus shooting as vigilantes.
“I am strongly, I can’t say how strongly I am opposed to arming people and putting guns in the hands of people who don’t have specialized training to respond to this kind of incident,” Boren said yesterday according to KFOR,
“Usually its students that are doing the shootings on campus so it would be kind of odd to allow them to have guns on campus.”
Junior Keaton Zahorsky wasn’t bothered by the idea.
“Honestly it doesn’t bother me. I know there’s a lot of respect for guns. Honestly I believe that guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” he told KFOR.
Representative Enns disagrees with Boren; he believes students should have the right to carry licensed guns on campus, as long as they haven’t committed a violent crime or shown they have a reckless disregard for the well-being of faculty and students. To that end, he has filed legislation, HB 2887, which would prevent the presidents of colleges, universities, and technical school administrators from prohibiting handguns on campus.
Enns is talking to officials and university presidents in order to reach a compromise.
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