Campus Concealed Carry Laws and Colleges

Campus Concealed Carry & Safe Schools

Several states recently passed legislation related to campus concealed carry. In one form or another, these laws allow students and campus employees with a concealed firearm permit to carry a gun on campus. These laws caused considerable concern among some. There are questions about good Samaritan laws and how those would apply. There are dire predictions about tragic events that would occur, and equally dire predictions about what would happen if we not allow concealed carry on campuses. Quite simply, the predicted chaos and carnage has not occurred.

I generally take a middle-of-the-road stance on this highly emotional topic for some very pragmatic reasons. On one hand, there have been several campus shootings that have been stopped by citizens with guns: a high school dance shooting in Edenborough, Pennsylvania, a potential shooting at a university sorority dance Macon, Georgia, and the high school shooting in Pearl, Mississippi, to name a few. At the same time, I am not convinced that campus concealed carry would impact the overall numbers of shootings and victims that take place each year in educational facilities.

A Shift in Public Thinking on Campus Concealed Carry

The pressure to allow concealed carry will increase significantly if we continue to see mass casualty attacks with firearms and edged weapons by terrorists. This will be even more true if there are any more attacks on K12 and higher education targets. Educators in other countries like Israel, Thailand and Kenya are allowed to carry firearms as a response to school terrorism. We may see this evolve into a bigger discussion in the United States as well.

Focusing on active shooter incidents can leave us unprepared for everyday events, particularly when it comes to campus concealed carry as a preparedness tactic.

Focusing on active shooter incidents can leave us unprepared for everyday events, particularly when it comes to campus concealed carry as a preparedness tactic.

My primary concern a bit different than those often highlighted in media stories. I am concerned about the focus on extremely rare events like active shooter and active killer incidents. These types of risks are easy to focus on because they are so tragic when they do occur. I worry that people who carry a gun will train with a focus on neutralizing an active shooter. Their mental space is thus focused on an event that is statistically unlikely.

The More Likely Scenario

In reality, school staff will probably face a split-second use of force decision for a more mundane event. An intoxicated person waving a knife or an act of interpersonal violence will happen much more frequently. In schools, an active shooter situation is statistically less likely than many other situations that might prompt a use of force. Anyone who carries a gun for self-defense should be fully prepared to make the decision to take a human life – and not just in extreme situations.

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Free School Safety, Security and Terrorism Conference in Indiana

Next week I am presenting at a one-day school safety and school terrorism conference that is free of charge for public safety officials and educators. The Indiana Public Safety Summit will be held at the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday, August 12th, 2016.   Lt. Col. Dave Grossman will also be presenting at the same conference. Dave is a powerful presenter and it will be good to have the opportunity to hear him present again. I always learn some new things when I get to hear Dave Grossman present. Please forward this to anyone who you think might benefit from this opportunity to attend a school safety conference at no charge. Attendees seeking law enforcement credit hours can pay a fee of $100.00 per department for 8 hours of accredited training. This fee is per agency, with no limit on the number of attendees from each agency, and there is no charge unless you are seeking credit hours.

To register, visit http://www.ourkidsdeserveit.org/

 

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Our Kids Deserve It school safety Conference – August 12, 2016

Free Safe and Welcoming Schools Webinar

Free Safe Schools Webinar

I will be delivering a free webinar sponsored by my editors at School Planning and Management Magazine this Thursday at 1:00 P.M. EST. The session will address crime prevention through environmental design concepts that can be used to create warm and caring school climates even when dramatically increasing physical security measures. As many schools increase security measures due to concerns of active shooter, active killer and terrorist attacks, it is extremely important to make students, staff, parents and other members of the school community feel welcome and connected.

This session will feature visual examples from our work with schools across the United States, Vietnam, India and Trinidad – Tobago to show how important the concept of territoriality is in light of high levels of fear of extreme violence. Tips on improving physical security and improved survivability for mass casualty incidents will be provided as well.

If you can spare an hour this Thursday, we would love to have you participate.

To register for this free school safety webinar, visit:

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