Thousands of college students think they have a way to make their campuses safer: more guns. Students with a license to carry concealed weapons should be able to do it on campus, argues the group Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. “It’s the basic right of self defense,” said one student. “Here on campus, we don’t have that right.”
Many states have laws against collegiate firearms, and universities usually forbid them— rules many say are common sense. “Introducing random access to firearms is not the solution,” said an anti-gun activist. “You have more victims, not fewer.” But the student group is gaining steam, and recently held its first national protests, with students at 110 schools wearing empty holsters to class.