I'm in Columbia today, getting an earful from legislative leaders rolling our their priorities for the coming session.
While I'm gone, an explosive topic to consider: More guns in schools. Good idea or bad? I turned up two fairly exhaustive reports that come down on each side of the debate. Taking the field in favor of more guns is David Kopel, who wrote a long piece in the Connecticut Law Review on the "deadly legal fiction" of "pretend 'gun-free' school zones:"
Gun prohibition on campuses is a deadly policy, and the number of victims of that policy is already far too high. The case against licensed carry on campus is based on conjecture and far-fetched hypotheticals. The case in favor of licensed carry is based on the empirical experience of the places where licensed campus carry has already been implemented, and on the experience of forty states where licensed, trained adults are allowed to carry firearms for lawful protection almost everywhere except on campus.
On the opposite side is the Brady Campaign and its long report on the efforts of the gun lobby to "push guns into colleges and schools:"
Institutions that educate and protect our children should not have their legal rights trampled by organizations promoting an extremist agenda. We need to make society safer by reducing easy access to guns by criminals, and mentally ill, unstable, or suicidal people, not make our schools more dangerous by making guns more accessible in colleges and schools.
Both include dozens of footnotes to further sources. Check them both out and decide for yourself.