While lawmakers and students are debating how to address gun violence, one university is allowing students and faculty to carry guns — and it’s having a big impact on crime.
In a report released last week, the University of Kansas, which began allowing students to carry concealed firearms on campus on July 1, 2017, and recently increased the number of safety officers on the premises, said crime has decreased by 13 percent, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.
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In fact, there have been no weapons violations since concealed carry was permitted on the campus despite concerns from the left that such policies “could censor college classrooms” and qualify as a “profound threat to free speech.”
There were 671 criminal offenses in 2017, compared to 770 in 2016. It should be noted the report does not include sexual assault reports made only to university administration and not investigated by campus police.
The decline in crime at KU comes as the debate over gun control marches on in the wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a 19-year-old gunman killed 17 people and injured more than a dozen others.
President Donald Trump has suggested arming teachers as a way to prevent mass shootings on school campuses. While the idea has been criticized by some on both sides of the aisle, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he’s open to discussing the proposal.
Over the weekend, the Florida state Senate voted in favor of arming teachers and banning the sale of bump stocks, a device that allows semi-automatic weapons to move back and forth more quickly, closely replicating a fully automatic firearm.