"One side views guns as essential to personal freedom, while the other side insists they are instruments for mayhem and violence. … Every gun control proposal is an occasion for pitched battles, with the stakes portrayed as nothing less than the future of life, liberty and justice. (Winkler, 2011b)
Twenty years ago, any discussion about permitting guns on college campuses would have provoked as much laughter as shock. Yet by 2012, guns were allowed on 200 public campuses in six states. That number appears certain to increase; in 2011 alone, bills to permit guns on campus were introduced in 23 state legislatures. Although most of these bills failed, some were carried over to the following legislative term.
Their proponents tend to be persistent, and we can expect bills similar to these to be re-introduced in future years. Guns may be coming soon to a campus near you—perhaps to your own."