By DANA BOYD
Most students probably figure that carrying a gun around a Pima Community College campus violates the code of conduct, which is true. You are not allowed to have a weapon on campus unless it is hidden in your personal vehicle.
Pepper spray is also not allowed to be on your person, according to the PCC police department. It has to stay in your car.
Um … what? How is pepper spray or a weapon going to help me out when it’s in my car and I’m being chased in the parking lot?
Am I supposed to feel safe just knowing that it’s in there? I don’t think so.
If my life is in danger, how am I going to protect myself? I need to be able to carry some form of self protection with me.
Pima students should be able to carry pepper spray and/or a concealed weapon with them at all times — after obtaining the right permits and permission, of course. People will be responsible enough to carry weapons to protect themselves, and other people.
Students never think that they will be faced with a situation where they need to be able to fight off someone, but the truth is you never know when or where something like that will happen.
In 2012, a mass shooting in Colorado left dozens of people injured. Even worse, many people lost their lives. What if someone in the crowd had been armed and able to come to the rescue of everyone else in the theater that day? Lives could have been spared.
College students are not always known for their maturity or responsibility levels. Many people would say that younger students cannot be trusted with a firearm in their possession because they would be reckless with it and someone would get seriously hurt.
But what if someone approached and started to harass you? What if someone ambushed and assaulted you?
Pima students need a way to protect themselves. We should be able to carry pepper spray with us or legally conceal a firearm, even on campus.
For the sake of safety.
Boyd is a student at Pima Community College and believes in the right to self-defense.
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