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Clayton Cramer: In Defense of Concealed Guns

While I understand why some people are worried about drunken college students doing stupid things with guns, remember that most undergrads are under 21, and therefore ineligible for a permit. Based on patterns of permit issuance throughout the U.S., I would expect that most of those who would be carrying on campus would be staff employees of the university, a few professors, and a very few grad students. Here’s another point: alcohol + gun is dangerous. Alcohol + car is dangerous. Alcohol + ladder is dangerous. Alcohol + power tool is dangerous. What do all these equations have in common? Alcohol. Perhaps the University of Intoxication could start to work on the big problem: alcohol. For those who insist that concealed carry is a bad idea, take a look at this Tennessee Law Review paper by me and Dave Kopel, and the Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog, which includes links to every newspaper article that we can find of American civilians using guns in self-defense. A surprisingly large number involved licensed carry permitholders.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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