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Campus Shooting Research Paper

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7:15 A.M., Emily Hilscher arrives at her dormitory on the Virginia Tech campus. In a matter of minutes, resident dorm adviser, Ryan Christopher Clark is dead, and Hilscher is fatally wounded. 7:30 A.M. Investigators arrive following a 911 emergency call reporting a shooting. 9:40 A.M. The attacker begins to open fire using a .22 caliber Walther P22 and 9 millimeter Glock 19 handgun. 9:45 A.M. Police appear on scene after receiving a second urgent call reporting a gunman in Norris Hall. When forces reach there, they encounter a front door chained from the inside and hear shots from the second floor. 9:50 A.M. By the time officers enter the building, the firing had stop, and the gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, is found dead from a self-inflicted shot…show more content…
People questioned if the government should abandon the gun-free school zone policy enacted during the Clinton administration. Students for Concealed Carry organized in support of permitting concealed firearms on campus, and in defense, the organization Keep Guns Off Campus assembled. The issue of conceal and carry persists as more mass shootings on school grounds, such as Sandy Hook, occur. Gun opponents lobby against the regulations fearing it will create more violent crimes, but enthusiasts campaign to relax regulation on gun-free zones on colleges. Gun-rights advocates and conservative lawmakers claim it will curb acts of criminality from possible gunmans, but gun-control advocates argue against that conviction. Currently, seventeen states ban the conceal and carry of weapons on campus; twenty four states leave the the decisions in the hands of colleges; eight states have special provisions that allow for the carrying of concealed firearms, and only one state has no jurisdiction over this issue. The threat of mass shooting on college campuses should not be overlooked; however, allowing firearms on campuses endangers the very issue gun advocates are trying to
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