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Letter: Guns would be a distraction from learning

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Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012 7:54 am

My letter is to add to other letters you might receive in regards of legislation allowing guns inside university campuses. As a senior student at ASU whose major is in criminal justice, I am opposed to guns on campus simply because it is my right as a student to feel safe in an intellectual/academic environment and not have to be worried about something going wrong. From my insider experience, many more students are concerned about this and it is a disruptive proposition to what our purpose is: to learn.

I cannot speak for the faculty, but after a student walked in to his former classroom a couple of years ago and committed suicide in front of the professor, I venture to say faculty (and administration, including President Crow) do not want guns on campus. If this was not enough, the ASU police department is also against this — they might know a thing or two about the possible outcomes of such legislation pSassing. Lastly, as a crime analyst intern, it is my opinion that allowing guns on campus is a bad result and not representing the majority of those whose implementation it will affect.

There is no point or utilitarian purpose to allow guns at a place of study. If there is a sudden takeover of the university (I know, I am exaggerating) we have Tempe, Phoenix and the ASU police department minutes away. I am not saying do not own guns; I am just saying do not bring them into campuses.

Claudia Alvarez


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