Our view: Idaho college campuses should stay gun-free

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A bill being circulated by Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, would allow Idaho college students who are at least 21 and who have an enhanced concealed weapons carry permit to be armed in certain areas on our campuses.

“Why not?” seems to be the operational question. Followed by a tougher one, “Why? What problem does this solve?”

McKenzie submitted his bill during a week when campus shootings happened in three states. Mass shootings in the U.S. have been on a tragic upswing since the late 1990s, nearly one-third of them occurring at educational institutions. “The rate at which these events occurred went from approximately one every other month between 2000 and 2008 (5 per year) to more than one per month between 2009 and 2012 (almost 16 per year),” according to an FBI report you can link to at idahostatesman.com.

The report was published in 2013, a year in which 15 such events had occurred by the time it came out. The breakdown of locations: businesses, 40 percent; schools, 29 percent; outdoors, 19 percent; and other, 12 percent. One way to look at it is that 71 percent of the cases were not at schools.

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