Alabama College Poll

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  1. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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    Colleges should allow concealed weapons, say readers in poll

    By Steve Stewart
    [email protected] · 340-2444

    Brenda Freeman of Decatur calls firearms on school campuses "a double-edged sword," but she voted for them in an online poll.

    She was in the majority. The question was "Should concealed weapons be allowed on college campuses?" Eighty-eight Daily readers (61.5 percent) voted yes, and 55 voted no.

    The two-day, unscientific poll ended Sunday at

    A student gunman killed 32 other people and himself two weeks ago at Virginia Tech, raising the issue of whether people there should have been armed for self-defense. Utah is the only state that expressly allows concealed weapons at public colleges, The Associated Press reported.

    "On one hand," Freeman wrote in an e-mail, "there is the responsible person who carries a concealed weapon for protection purposes only. On the other hand, you have the person who carries a concealed weapon with intent to harm at some point. ...

    'All-or-nothing decision'

    "Weapon control is an all-or-nothing decision. There isn't a formula to separate the responsible weapon owner from the malicious weapon owner. This leaves you to decide which option carries the least amount of consequences, and how much death or destruction is 'acceptable.'

    "If a school is known to allow concealed weapons, the likelihood of a student going on a shooting rampage is reduced. The malicious student knows that there is a measure of protection. Malicious students look for easy, unprotected targets."

    She said the real issue is personal responsibility.

    "We as a society no longer teach children vital life skills: handling stress, self-esteem, honor and respect of others. Instead, there is a medication for what ails you, and if that causes a bad reaction, imbalance or unwanted side effect, there is another pill for that. Now place a loaded weapon in that imbalanced person's hands, and wait for the trigger."

    Aaron Potts, also of Decatur, voted the other way.

    "While I am concerned about the safety of the college kids," he wrote, "I feel security should be increased rather than arm the students.

    "Have unannounced checks on lockers and dorms. Anyone with a weapon should be escorted off campus immediately.

    "If anyone can bring a weapon on campus, can you imagine the number of accidental shootings there? If we can afford to pay a coach hundreds of thousand dollars a year, we can afford more security."
  2. Sharky

    Sharky Active Member

    The lady hit a good point. I see so many teens and young adults not much younger than me with horrible manners and regard for a fellow man. I blame the parents for their lack of ability to raise them with morals. I thank my parents for whuppin my ass when I deserve it.

  3. glockgirl

    glockgirl Guest

    yep I so many folks my age want everything handed to them with no work or accountablilty
  4. AV8R

    AV8R Banned

    Yeah... that'll work.
  5. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

    This is in Alabama. Is there some restriction on carry at colleges in Alabama of which I am unaware? The state even has preeemption.
  6. GeorgiaGlocker

    GeorgiaGlocker Romans 10:13

    Me too. My dad did the disciplining. One time when I was about 16 I talked back to my dad. :shock: I was knocked into next week - a week early (atleast thats what it felt like). :shock: Did I deserve it? You bet. I never did that again. :!: