Guns on Campus, Discouraging News


Although guns may not be allowed on Montana campuses (See “Several Indications of Common Sense on Guns on Campus,”, five state universities in Pennsylvania are now allowing guns to be carried on their campuses.

The five universities are Edinboro University, Kutztown University, Millersville  University, Shippensburg University, and Slippery Rock University.

One wonders what statistics the presidents of those universities had been looking at when contemplating this decision. Either those campuses are extraordinarily violent places—in which case, this is not the best way to reassure prospective students about their safety—or the statistics simply do not support the need for such action.

In Fall 2011, there were 19.7 million students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities.

Between 2009 and 2011, the years covered in the 2012 report on campus crime, there were 49 murders on college and university campuses nationwide: 18 in 2009, 15 in 2010, and 16 in 2011.

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