The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus’ new study shows that on-campus crime rates have increased in two states where concealed carry on campus is allowed
The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus released results from the following study of on-campus crime rates in Utah and Colorado to refute the claim by the gun lobby that the presence of concealed handguns on college campuses reduces violent crime.
A common argument for supporters of campus carry legislation is that in states where campuses are required to allow students, faculty, and staff to carry concealed handguns – criminals are deterred and crime drops. As they also argue, “gun free zones” attract more crime.
A recent study conducted by the Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus using FBI Uniform Crime Statistics and Clery Act data from 2004-2013 shows the data does not support the often repeated argument by the gun lobby that the presence of concealed weapons on campus causes a drop in crime. More specifically, over this ten-year period, crime statistics from all public colleges and universities in Utah and Colorado that permit concealed carry were used, compared to the overall FBI crime statistics for the United States.
A brief summary of the data shows that on college campuses where concealed carry is permitted, the crime rates actually increased while the student population decreased. As the population of the United States rises at a steady rate of about .7% yearly, the student population of Utah campuses has fluctuated over a ten-year span (2004-2013) with the last two years (2012-2013) consisting of a 1.7% and 2.3% drop in enrollment. The fluctuation for Colorado is similar with the last two years consisting of a .6% and 1.3% decrease.
Strikingly, the rate of forcible rape on Utah and Colorado campuses is rising at an alarming rate, much higher than the rate of the national average and steady with the national average on college campuses. Since all public colleges in Colorado have been forced to allow campus carry (2012-2013), the rate of rape has increased 25% in 2012 and 36% in 2013 (15.2 and 20.8 per 100,000 respectively). In Utah, where campus carry has been permitted (2004), the rape statistics have fluctuated greatly over the past ten years with the last four years going from 6.6 – 10.7 – 9.3 – 14 (2013) per 100,000. The difference between 2012 and 2013 accounted for nearly a 50% increase. The national average over the past ten years has been slowly decreasing at a rate of approximately 3% per year (32.4 in 2004 to 25.2 in 2013 per 100,000).
While results certainly do not prove that concealed carry causes more crime; it certainly disproves the possible presence of an individual who is carrying a concealed handgun equals less crime.
College campuses throughout the United States remain extremely safe environments without the presence of concealed handguns. The rate of murder, robbery, and aggravated assault remain extremely below the national average and has actually decreased on college campuses at a faster rate than the national average. Campus rape, however, remains a problem on college campuses; a problem that concealed handguns cannot fix as illustrated by the statistical evidence in Utah and Colorado. The goals of our state legislators should not be arming more individuals, but educating students at a younger age about the dangers of drugs and alcohol related to sexual assault and the need to teach individuals to respect each other.Read More»
We need your help right away to stop SB 176 — a dangerous bill to allow concealed weapons on Florida’s campuses.
The bill is scheduled for a hearing today, Monday (March 16th) before the Senate Higher Ed and Workforce subcommittee. Despite strong opposition from students, faculty, campus law enforcement, mental health professionals, parents, the Board of Trustees and all presidents within the state university system — this bill will advance, unless we raise our voices now!
The vast majority of Florida’s students and faculty don’t want guns in their classrooms or other buildings on campus. We can defeat S.B. 176, but will need your help to fight the powerful and well-resourced Florida gun lobby.
Please take a moment right now to tell these Senators to stop S.B 176, and keep guns off campus.
Legislation to allow guns on campus (SB 11) will be voted on tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th. We need your help to tell the Senate to keep our colleges safe.
This legislation would expand the carrying of loaded, concealed handguns on campus to buildings, libraries, and other places once restricted.
SB 11 would also force state colleges and universities to allow loaded, concealed weapons on campus, while providing private colleges with the ability to opt out. We firmly believe that all Texas’ higher education officials and campus police are most qualified to determine the safety requirements for their campuses.
If you believe, like we do, that our colleges should be places of learning, not for carrying weapons, please contact the your State Senators, TODAY. Use this page to tell them that you don’t want guns on campus. Take Action Here>>
Arkansas Murder/Suicide by Faculty Member Underscores How Deeply Problematic Campus Carry is for College Environments
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(Croton Falls, NY) – The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus issued the following statement in connection with the tragic murder/suicide of the Wilbanks’ family and calls for the defeat of House Bill 1077 (Faculty Carry):
“We want to first extend our deepest condolences to the Wilbanks’ family and also to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) community for this tragic loss of life that took place last Friday in Maumelle.
So now we know: Professor James Wilbanks, Assistant Professor of Management at the College of Business, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, was the shooter. On Friday, February 20th, he shot his wife, his sister, his two dogs, and himself. He also set his house on fire. Professor Wilbanks, a popular teacher, tragically exposes, once again, the popular myth of the “good guy with a gun.”
The two photographs below of Professor Wilbanks are from his Instagram account where they show him on the left, firing a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW, for short) in front of a backdrop advertising The Vegas Machine Gun Experience (part of Discount Firearms – Las Vegas), while on the right, Professor Wilbanks is wielding an AK-47 type assault rifle at a shooting range.
In light of Arkansas Representative Charlie Collins’ introduction of HB1077, a bill that would allow concealed-carry weapons for faculty and staff on college campuses, Professor Wilbanks’ murder-suicide underscores again how deeply problematic campus-carry really is. Without the proper, long-term training in firearms and what security professionals call “de-escalation” and “judgment” instruction, we are entrusting the safety of our loved ones to amateurs. And we are creating the conditions for an unnecessary tragedy to visit Arkansas’ campuses. With Professor Wilbanks’ murder-suicide and arson, Arkansas residents should have all of the evidence that they need to demonstrate that faculty are not infallible heroes and that concealed-carry on Arkansas’ campuses only increases the likelihood of accidents, robberies, and murders.
Arkansas college and university campuses, whose police officers have an unblemished record of safety when it comes to mass shootings, deserve better than giving untrained amateurs, who are potentially unstable, the role of security enforcement. Consequently, Arkansas college administrators should now clearly see campus-carry as a distinct liability for campus communities.
A far better investment of our time and money lies in the cultivation of preventive measures, from developing an increased security presence to psychological monitoring and counseling to early identification of troubled students, faculty, or staff. We call on House members to vote no on HB 1077″.
The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus Issues Statement in Opposition to Texas SB 11/HB 937, Which Would Force Loaded, Concealed Guns Onto Public University and Community College Campuses
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(Austin, Texas) – Tomorrow morning (9am), the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on SB 11, a bill sponsored by Sen. Brian Birdwell (R), Granbury, to allow loaded, concealed handguns on college campuses.
The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus issued the following statement in connection with SB 11 and tomorrow’s hearing before the State Affairs Committee:
“We strongly oppose Senator Birdwell’s legislation (SB 11), which would change current law and allow loaded, concealed handguns to be carried in most places on Texas’s public university and community college campuses including classrooms, libraries, and cafeterias. Currently, Texas law forbids the carrying of concealed weapons on campus grounds and buildings (excluding parking lots).
We believe allowing non-law enforcement personnel to carry loaded, concealed handguns on campus will only create an unsafe and volatile environment for all Texans.
College campuses are generally safe environments. In fact, in Texas, according to 2013 Clery Act and 2013 FBI Uniform Data Reports, on campus crime rates for the four major categories are dramatically lower than off-campus incidents. Our colleges and universities should be havens for learning, where students, faculty, staff and visitors should not need to worry about the threat of gun violence on their campuses. The campus environment should be one where additional risks are not created, such as adding loaded, concealed handguns that can be carried by students, faculty and staff.Read More»