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Friday, April 12, 2024

State Sen. Evers’ proposal to allow guns on campus would be disastrous.

Guns aren’t only a danger in the hands of criminals.

According to the CDC, 15,698 people went to the emergency room for gun-related accidents in 2007 alone, and 613 died. Of the dead, the largest number among any age group — 155 — were between the ages of 15 and 24.

I wouldn’t feel safe in class or on campus if people around me were openly carrying these dangerous and accident-prone weapons, and classmates possessing firearms would be an intimidating challenge to free, open and respectful in-class debate.

There shouldn’t be a risk of hospitalization or death just for being a student, and the Florida Legislature should allow college communities to decide for themselves what they want to allow on their premises.

Editor's note: This letter refers to this article.

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