Guns on Campus, Idaho Edition

ACADEME BLOG

Last month a bill was introduced in the Idaho legislature to allow guns to be carried on campuses in the state, though they would not be permitted in certain campus buildings or at certain campus events.

The Idaho Statesman published an editorial, endorsed by its entire editorial board, opposing the legislation. The following two paragraphs are taken from that editorial:

“McKenzie submitted his bill during a week when campus shootings happened in three states. Mass shootings in the U.S. have been on a tragic upswing since the late 1990s, nearly one-third of them occurring at educational institutions. “The rate at which these events occurred went from approximately one every other month between 2000 and 2008 (5 per year) to more than one per month between 2009 and 2012 (almost 16 per year),” according to an FBI report you can link to at idahostatesman.com.

“The report was published in 2013…

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