When was the last time you needed to fire over 30 rounds of ammunition in a matter of seconds?
The perennial hot-button issue of gun control often misses the point.
“The right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” states the latter half of the Second Amendment.
But in light of the recent events in Tucson, Ariz., we have to ask why a citizen would ever need to legally own a high-volume magazine of ammunition. Jared Lee Loughner, 22, who killed six and wounded 14, was allegedly carrying a Glock 19 that could hold 33 rounds.
True, Loughner has been deemed mentally unstable, but really: Why would anyone need to fire that many rounds so quickly? The only reason would be to take human life.
A 1994 assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004, prohibited such clips.
Now the national debate has turned to whether Congress will again pass similar legislation.
It is not a partisan issue; it’s an issue of human life.
While there are national and state laws that apply to every citizen when it comes to gun control, the campus debate is a whole different story.
State laws allow gun owners to openly carry legally registered firearms, but licensed individuals are prohibited from carrying concealed weapons in college classrooms and dorms. Bills were introduced in 2009 in the Michigan House and Senate to amend Senate Bill 747 to remove those areas from the list of prohibited premises.
Oakland University Police Chief Samuel Lucido said it’s a matter of local control, and we agree.
While the bills are stalled, Lucido believes a new Michigan legislature will most likely act on them.
According to Lucido, firearms of any sort are prohibited from campus.
While organizations like OU Students for Concealed Carry on Campus advocate for the passage of the bill and oppose infringement of the right to carry firearms, we believe the rules in place at OU are correct.
Colleges and universities are first and foremost a learning environment. Campus security and safety are priorities for all, especially the administration and police department.
OUPD has training and equipment in place to immediately respond to emergency situations including shooting incidents like those that occurred at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech.
Lucido said the OUPD is equipped and hopes to do their “best to be prepared for any emergency — to respond to any emergency event.”
The university has made its stance on the gun issue clear and Lucido echoes those sentiments.
“OU believes our rules regulating firearms are correct,” Lucido said.
His claim is backed up, too.
A recent Virginia Supreme Court decision unanimously ruled that a ban on guns in buildings and at campus events at George Mason University does not indeed violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
We hope that national bans on unnecessary weapons are considered again — and this time stay in place.