Today's Question: Should concealed weapons be allowed on campus?

Friday, April 10, 2009 | 2:17 p.m. CDT

Students, with the appropriate permits, might soon be able to carry concealed guns into classrooms, dining halls or laboratories if a bill allowing such continues to make its way through the Missouri General Assembly.

The Missouri House gave first-round approval Wednesday, 106-41.

University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee publicly disapproved of the bill, saying that students should have the freedom to exchange ideas in an environment they know is gun-free. But the bill's sponsor, state Rep. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, said students are sitting there like "a bunch of sheep" because weapons are not allowed on campuses.

Those for and against the bill are supporting their arguments by citing college campus shootings.

“It is hard to imagine that such a proposal could gain support given the magnitude of gun-related tragedies experienced on college campuses across the country," Forsee said. But during debate Wednesday, several House members said such a law could help prevent an incident similar to the Virginia Tech shootings.

“All I want to do is be able to protect myself and allow my friends to be able to protect themselves,” said Jonathan Ratliff, MU sophomore and campus leader for Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

If students were allowed to carry concealed guns on campus, would tragedies such as the Virginia Tech shootings be prevented, or would it liken the chance of such incidents?

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Mark Foecking April 11, 2009 | 3:00 a.m.

Someone wanting to kill a bunch of people, and then himself, might not be deterred by having CCW holders carrying on campus. But having legally armed people in classroom may well lessen the damage that such a person might do.


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Bob Cunningham April 15, 2009 | 6:15 p.m.

Are concealed weapons allowed in the House chamber of the Missouri State Capital? If not, why not?

Is information about how much $ each house member received from the National Rifle Association available to taxpayers? If so, where do I find it? If not, why not?

Missouri voters voted against concealed weapons. One year and a trainload of NRA "campaign contributions" later the Missouri State Legislature overturned the will of the people and enacted a law allowing concealed weapons. Regardless of your opinion about about the benefit/detriment of concealed weapons, you should oppose the law simply because it tramples the rights of Missouri citizens.

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John Schultz April 15, 2009 | 9:33 p.m.

The Missouri Ethics Commission has all contribution information for legislators, search away there. My guess is you would not find many donations this legislative session, but I'm alway eager to be surprised.

Please explain how 50% + 1 of Missouri citizens taking away the Second Amendment rights of Americans is any "better" than the legislature ignoring the will of the voters?

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