From supporting guns at RIC to realizing they’re unnecessary

Tim Goral's picture
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

In the part of Upstate New York where I was born and raised, guns are a form of decoration. Hung on walls and on the back of trucks to show off a common pride in having them. Your father has one, your sister has one, even your sweet old grandmother has one.

They are as common as fly swatters. So when I came to Rhode Island for college and I heard that there was a debate on the idea of campus police carrying guns I was confused.

Why would anyone be against campus police having guns? While I do follow political debates around guns I rarely do any real digging into the issues like I do in some others. Because the Rhode Island Board of Education voted 8-1 to allow the administrations of each of the big three public state institutions of higher education (University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island) to decide for themselves if their campus police will be armed, I decided to brush up on my facts.

So with an open mind I started to research and I decided that I was wrong. I went from having no question that campus police should be armed to swinging all the way over to the other side and now I can firmly say I do not believe they should be armed. Crazy how looking at the informed opinions of others can make you change your mind on something that you never thought too much about before.

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