Nevada Assembly debates allowing guns on campus
Could the answer to stopping gun violence on college campuses, be more guns? Soon, college students in Nevada could be allowed to carry concealed firearms.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Could the answer to stopping gun violence on college campuses be more guns? Soon, college students in Nevada could be allowed to carry concealed firearms.
State Assemblywoman Michele Fiore is proposing a bill, that supporters say, will make colleges and universities safer for students. But it's also sparking a big debate.
The images still haunt us from the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007 that left 32 people dead. The next year, five were killed and dozens injured in a rampage at Northern Illinois University. And just last month, three people were shot at a community college in Texas.
It's part of the reason some local parents are making sure their children know how to protect themselves.
"I believe in teaching my kids the value of being safe, and learning how to use a gun appropriately," says Jennifer Davis. "My son is a freshman in college and he has his conceal and carry permit. I think any student who wants to carry a concealed weapon should have the right to do so, regardless of where they are."
Assemblywoman Fiore agrees and introduced a bill to the state legislature Monday that would make it legal for anyone with a conceal and carry permit to bring a gun on college campuses.
She says students should be able to protect themselves and keep their Second Amendment rights regardless of where they are. She adds that students taking night classes can be at risk because an inadequate number of security guards.
Many students at the University of Nevada Las Vegas don't like the idea of people being able to conceal firearms on campus.
"I think it will make it worse," says Rosa Rodriguez. "We have campus police. We shouldn't feel like we have to carry a gun around. That's not the answer."
"College kids are already under a lot of pressure, and we don't always make the best choices" adds Marc Philippi. "This is a big campus, I don't know everyone. I don't want them to have guns with them."
But others believe that in these uncertain times, carrying a gun, could be the only way to keep yourself from becoming a victim
Fiore's bill does exclude being able to carry a firearm to campus sporting and entertainment events, with a seating capacity of 1,000 or more. It also authorizes campus police to inform permit holders of firearm educational opportunities.
Currently, Nevada is one of more than 20 states that bans carrying a concealed weapon on a college campus.