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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 10:54 AM
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Guns on campus is a maniacal idea (NH)
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The year 2011 is shaping up to be the Year of the Gun in New Hampshire, and citizens are none the safer for it.

Lawmakers began the year by overturning the ban on carrying guns in the State House complex. They went on to pass a "stand your ground" law that allows citizens to use deadly force rather than first attempt to retreat when in any place they are lawfully entitled to be.

Steps to eliminate the need for a concealed weapons permit, and thus a criminal background check, failed. So did a plan to form a state "defense force" comprised of citizens charged with defending the state "from invasion, rebellion, disaster, insurrection, riot, breach of peace or imminent danger thereof." But an idea that's even worse, forbidding colleges and universities from banning guns from their campuses, lives on, thanks to its embrace by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

Ed MacKay, chancellor of University System of New Hampshire, put it nicely when he said campuses are "places where impetuous behavior can sometimes take place." The fact is, especially for males, the parts of the brain that affect judgment and decision-making aren't fully formed until their college years are behind them. And those college years can be booze-soaked and in some cases, as the recent arrest of 11 students at a UNH fraternity suggest, drug-addled. Adding guns to the mix will make campuses much more dangerous.


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