I was talking with my college class about the University of Central Florida former student who had guns in his dorm room and was allegedly planning a mass attack before his roommate called the police. (The student with the guns ended up killing himself.)
The students offered up that some of them had guns in their apartments at school. (I don’t think you’re allowed to have guns in the dorms but an apartment would be off campus so I guess allowed.)
I mentioned this to my brother later and he said he knew lots of people in college that had guns – several who kept the guns at their fraternity house.
My husband said the same thing. He said he dated a girl who kept a gun in her glove compartment and knew many people at University of Georgia with guns in their apartments or houses.
This is really surprising to me. I just had no idea. Did my friends have guns, and I was just oblivious?
No matter how you feel about gun ownership, the idea of young men and women having guns in an environment where there is often drinking and often bad decision making really worries me.
What do you guys think? Did you take guns with you to college? Was it only in off-campus housing or did you bring them on campus? Was it ever a safety issue?
Did you let your college student take guns away to school with them? What was the thought process? How do they keep it at school – in a lock box? Who has the code? Do all the roommates know or is it a secret? Does it worry the roommates to have it or do they feel safer having it?
Would you want your daughter dating a boy with a gun at school? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Or vice versa?