Again, the majority of college students are younger than 27, mid to lower twenties. So, the likelihood of trouble is high. That said, there would be studies as there is no wide spread group to study. Most studies I know of do not prove we are safer armed. They don't prove we're less safe either (the actual point of your Harvard study). I will never understand anyone feeling the need the need to carry a gun around who is not involved in some risky endeavor. And yes, I ahve to admit, I think it says something disconcerting about the person overall. Most of us live just fine without one. Most of us are not victims, and do not see any serious problems without one.You've already expressed this many times, and I appreciate your opinion, but on what data to base your position? Do you have real examples of schools which allow firearms and have an increased crime rate? Have you reviewed the history of public education before firearms were banned and noted a drop in gun-related crime with the passing of a ban?
I understand. My wife is more like that. I'm not. I do just fine with whatever I have around me. But I understand being prepared. I just see too few circumstances where you would actually need a weapon. And my experience tells me we shoot ourselves more than anything else (and I think the numbers support that as well). Sometimes, when we over do something, we actually cause more problems than we prevent. Guns are simply not needed everywhere. On campus, you won't be hunting bear. You won't run in to a band of Bandits or wild mongolian raiders. Students go to class daily and nothing happens to them. They get into more trouble drinking off campus.***
As a sidebar, I'm a person who frequently packs things I don't obviously need so that I am prepared for the rare occurrence. For example;
- I keep a full set (5) of uniform patches in the left arm pocket of my ACUs. I've only had to use the spare flag, and then only once, but u never know.
- I keep my cell-phone charger in my right calf pocket even-though I know I'll be able to go back to my room and charge it long before the battery runs out.
- I have a phone card in my wallet with important phone numbers taped to it even-though I have a cell.
- I have a bag of salt, cat litter, anti-freeze, quart of oil, snow shovel, liter of water and a sleeping bag in the trunk of my car, in addition to the spare tire and cables.
So, to me, carrying a gun to class is like carrying my molti-tool to class, which I do. I don't expect to have to fix anything in class, but I'm not focused only on my class. These are things I need in my life regardless of where I am or what I'm doing, because my circumstances change as the day goes by. Lacking a crystal ball, I don't know what life is going to toss at me, so I try to prepare and be ready to improvise, adapt and overcome.
There is just no palce for a weapon on campus.