Advocates Of Concealed Campus Guns Say They Would Deter Rapes


The push to allow college students to carry concealed firearms never got much traction until it found an unlikely ally in the anti-sexual-assault movement, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Carrying a concealed firearm on a college campus is banned in 41 states, because of a law prohibiting it or university policy. Legislators in Florida, Indiana, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming are pushing to turn campus-carry bills into law, hoping that it will cause a drop in the staggering number of sexual assaults that occur on campus.

Opponents of campus-carry bills say that if a gun is in the room, it will go off. College students could be particularly at risk for gun-related accidents due to recklessness and excessive drinking that are commonplace on many campuses. John Foubert, the National President of One in Four, a non-profit dedicated to rape prevention, think that the bill shows a misunderstanding of rape. “If you have a rape situation, usually it starts with some sort of consensual behavior, and by the time it switches to nonconsensual, it would be nearly impossible to run for a gun,” he told the New York Times.

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