CarryMyGuns.com Gun News - Google Feed
LEE COUNTY, FL –
Florida Gulf Coast University’s Faculty Senate sent a strong message Friday to Florida lawmakers voting unanimously to continue its stance on guns on campus – no guns allowed unless someone is part of law enforcement.
“I don’t think it’s needed here on the college campus,” said freshmen at FGCU Abbey Tomaszewski.
The freshmen says she has no problem with people owning guns but would feel uncomfortable with them on campus.
Tomaszewski is not the only student that feels that way. Sophomore Kendyll Sumler says she has faith in the law enforcement dedicated to the campus.
“I know personally people I can trust,” Sumler said. “But, who is to say the person next to me is not in their right state of mind that day. I don’t want them being able to carry a gun next to me.”
Some Florida lawmakers feel the opposite. They believe allowing those with appropriate licenses to carry in what are considered gun-free zones, universities included, would be safer.
Florida House Representative and Cape Coral resident, Republican Dane Eagle says it’s a matter of protecting the constitution and yourself.
“It could be schools, could be airports, could be courthouses, you name it. I look at that [gun free zones] as an oxymoron. They are not ‘gun-free,’ they are gun-free from the individuals who are law abiding citizens that want to protect themselves, but they are not free from guns carried by criminals.”
One student we spoke with leaned towards Rep. Eagles’ stance.
“In the past year with all the shootings and everything, some students don’t feel safe being on campus anymore; so, if having a gun on them, if they got it approved, I think it would be alright if they feel safer at school,” said freshman Andrew Martin.
We received a comment from the Florida Board of Governors on behalf of the state universities:
“The State University System of Florida shares the commitment by our elected leaders to keep our campuses secure and our students, faculty and staff safe. That’s why we hope to maximize campus safety – not through guns on campus – but through robust mental health services and well-trained law enforcement teams.
Though FGCU’s resolution was passed unanimously, if these bills that are in their early stages, according to Rep. Eagle, are passed, it would have no teeth.