Because of all the shootings that have taken place at schools many universities are trying to forbid concealed weapons from coming onto campuses. It seems that too often there are shootings where several students are hurt or killed. Just remember Virginia Tech, even Columbine High School and many others.

Now a 20-year-old opened fire at a Northern Virginia Community College. The target was the teacher but fortunately the teacher spotted the weapon and ducked to avoid gunfire. Students in many classrooms heard the shot and ran from the classroom while others barricaded themselves inside.

No one was injured although the high-powered rifle was fired. The young man surrendered and was arrested by police in a hallway. He was later charged with attempted murder and discharging a firearm in a school zone and will be held without bond. It isn’t clear if he has an attorney or what his motives were.

When the shooting took place the college went into lockdown mode because all classes are located in one central building. Officers responded at 2:40 p.m. and students were in their classes in lockdown mode until 5:30 p.m. Classes were cancelled today and many students including the teacher the shooter aimed at are in shock about the incident. What this incident and many others in the past have shown is that the shooters tend to be isolated individuals that are usually by themselves.

Colleges across the country are trying to prevent guns from coming on campus. They are prohibiting bringing concealed weapons on campus. The problem with this is the fact that most people that are responsible for the shooting are usually unstable individuals so not allowing people to bring guns including concealed weapons on campus isn’t going to fix anything.

First of all if you can see someone’s weapon then it isn’t concealed so what’s the point of barring them? Plus if someone wants to bring a gun on campus they will. Barring a concealed weapon is not going to change anything. And the people that bring the guns on campus if they have bad intentions are not going to be the ones that took the time and the effort to get a concealed weapons permit.

Everyone wants college campuses to be safe, but barring concealed weapons won’t fix anything. No matter what you say prohibiting something won't keep it from showing up. If people have a plan and want to do something then they will do anything to carry that out. Telling people they can’t bring concealed guns on campus is like telling students they can’t bring drugs. The rule may make you feel better but nothing will change.

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