Arkansas Gun Legislation Sparks Debate

Recently, Arkansas passed a law allowing guns at football games and basketball games starting in 2018, causing national uproar. Certainly, this could affect countless colleges. Once one college passes such a bill, there might be others that follow in the same footsteps.

“I think it sounds good,” said Julia Gordon, junior. “People will be able to protect themselves.”

Without a doubt, safety is of the utmost importance on college campuses. There have been many questions about whether colleges should allow guns on campus and the recent Arkansas legislation makes the situation much more tenuous. Regardless of an individual’s stance on this issue, it needs to be addressed as soon as possible, in an effort to preserve campus safety.

Currently, in order to carry a gun, it must be concealed and individuals must attend eight hours of gun schooling. By establishing these parameters, states desire to ensure the person carrying the weapon is properly trained and can be trusted with the weaponry.

Still, this concealed gun policy leaves constant room for debate and Lynn students are no exception to that idea. “I think it is a stupid idea; it is putting students at risk,” said Andi De Venuto, sophomore.

“It seems scary,” said Kim Bianchi, senior. “People might get in fights [at the stadiums] and guns will be involved.”

Certainly, the general concern focuses on the masses of people who own guns in America. When it comes to the University of Arkansas, not only do fans have some trepidation over the new legislation, but the athletes on the field also express some discomfort.

“I mean, of course, guns in the stadium would make probably any player uncomfortable,” said Bijhon Jackson, Razorback defensive lineman. “Hopefully it turns out in a way that makes us a little, you know, less panicked.”

In addition to the players, Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema voiced concern over the bill being passed. “When I say to a parent, ‘I take your son’s safety to the highest degree in my heart,’ I do not ever want to put that in jeopardy.”

Undoubtedly, these notable figures in the college sports world display the widespread concern over the Arkansas legislation’s decision. Perhaps the Arkansas situation will lead to growth and awareness regarding concealed weapons nationwide, but only time will tell.

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