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Re: “Linda Collins-Smith's boundless love of guns: Some facts

I am Dean of Students at UCA. I feel a need to comment on the latest proposed Arkansas campus gun bill, SB 594, sponsored by Senator Linda Collins-Smith. This bill would permit any person - student, faculty, staff or visitor - who has a concealed carry permit to bring a gun to any location on a college or university campus. If I am reading it correctly, students could have guns in their residence hall rooms and apartments. This is a serious safety issue for college campuses. Gun bills (such as SB 594) are designed to prevent an active or mass shooting on an Arkansas college campus. In 183 years of higher education in Arkansas, I am not aware of one mass shooting on a college campus. On the other hand, when you pass a bill that increases the number of guns on campus, the potential for a shooting incident increases dramatically due to an accidental shooting; suicide; irate, drunkenness and/or a mental health related shooting. I am particularly concerned about suicide situations. Guns are lethal when it comes to suicide (as opposed to taking of pills or other means). At UCA, we have 28 sworn officers who are well trained and located in the heart of the campus. Our campus is well protected. We did have a tragic "targeted" shooting incident (not mass shooting) in 2008. University police were on the scene in less than one minute, and captured a primary suspect within a few minutes after the shooting. Individuals with concealed carry permits would not have prevented this tragedy. If SB 594 is approved, there is a high probability within a 5 year period that a campus will experience a serious shooting incident. We ask that colleges and universities be allowed to make their own decisions regarding guns on campus. We are the ones who have to live with the consequences.

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Posted by Gary Roberts on 03/07/2017 at 3:02 PM


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