Monday, May 30, 2011

NSHE students oppose SB 231

If the bill becomes law (it’s headed to the Assembly now), Nevada will be added to yet another ugly list that parents just might pick up on when choosing which state to send their kids for college.

A new website called ArmedCampuses.Orgmay help them figure it out. It has a list of schools that allow guns on campus, and some compelling reasons why it ain’t such a grand idea.

So SB231 just might help kill off some of our out-of-state tuition income that helps to fund education in Nevada.

If you look at the site, you’ll see that only a handful of states allow guns on college campuses. Maybe that’s because College campuses are far safer than anywhere else for a number of reasons, including ample security and the fact that strong laws deter gun toting on campuses.

The numbers may astound you. The murder rate on college campuses is .07 per 100,000 students. The murder rate everywhere else is 5.7 per 100,000 persons overall, and 14.1 per 100K for ages 17-29.

This chart shows other violent crime rates at colleges compared to the United States overall.

U.S. vs. College Crime Rates, 2000

CrimeU.S. Crime RateCollege Crime Rate
Forcible Rape32.012.4
Aggravated Assault323.624.3

...’if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.’

1 comment:

  1. You can add the NSC student leadership to this commentary as well. I have already spoken to many students and teachers at NSC and all of them have stated that they would NOT feel safer allowing CCW guns on the campus. We strongly oppose this misguided bill.

    In Service,
    Sebring Frehner
    NSC NSSA President 2010-2012