About Guns On Campus

American colleges, universities, high schools, and middle schools should be safe heavens from gun violence. But in 1966 a mentally unhinged student, Charles Whitman, shooting from the top of the University of Texas Tower, killed fourteen students and himself. He started the modern era of gun violence on higher education. In 1999, two crazed seniors at Columbine High School, Eric David Harris and Dylan Bennet Klebold, shot and killed twelve fellow students before simultaneously committing suicide. In 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, another psychopathic shooter, Adam Lanza, killed twenty-seven people and himself. In the entire 20th Century we suffered 226 school shootings. In the twenty years since the Columbine High School massacre, we’ve had 240 school shootings. That’s because we have more guns now. More targets. More death. Less gun regulation. More families destroyed.

Conservative states want to arm teachers and allow concealed carry on campus. Progressive states want strict no-guns-on campus environments. Each campus and each case has its story, its shooters, its victims, and its unique antagonist. In every case there are scores of victims, eyewitnesses, first responders, families, colleagues, fellow students, teachers, townspeople, lawyers, judges, jurors, detectives, paramedics, doctors, and morticians.

Guns on campus stains the simple security of less violent times. Colleges do not stand their ground. They lose ground, one death at a time. Shooters stand their ground because they can. In every gun violence case there are legal and personal consequences never imagined by families, victims, schools or communities. Campus communities take years to get past the grim reaper—the one without a scythe—just a gun.

This blogsite focuses on American campus gun violence by exposing the consequences and calling out the shooters. My spotlight is on the legal consequences of gun violence in a place dedicated to learning. My reports are short analytical opinions. The shooters, victims, students, faculty, families, first responders and administrators are protagonists in every report. The gun is the antagonist in every report.

Guns are necessary for law enforcement and, in rare cases, self-defense. But their presence on college or secondary campuses brings death and maiming to a place devoted to life and learning. In traditional narratives, the antagonist is synonymous with the bad guy. But for the presence of a gun on campus—the ultimate antagonist—this blogsite would be unnecessary.