On October 1, 2017, the deadliest mass shooting in America’s history occurred, leaving 56 people killed and more than 500 injured.
All 17 of the guns found in the room of the shooter were purchased legally, as were the 33 guns purchased just this year by the shooter.
Upon yet another mass shooting, citizens are left either staunchly defending the right to bear arms or arguing for stricter gun laws, and students of the UA are no exception.
“I feel like after so many shootings it’s obvious something has to be done” stated Jacob Wilson, a biology major at the UA. “I see all these arguments for it that don’t make sense. I saw a picture on my timeline comparing car licenses to gun licenses, as if we don’t go through a whole bunch of stuff to get a license for a car. I’m all for stricter gun laws.”
Rachel Spinti, an environmental hydrology and water resources major, thinks similarly. “I own a gun myself, so I think there’s a time and place for them,” said Spinti. “I don’t think people should be allowed to buy assault rifles, but people can build them by buying the parts for it, so I think there needs to be more laws in place because things like that happen a lot. I like shooting my gun.”
Arizona is one of the states with more lenient gun laws, as anyone 21 or older may purchase and carry a gun openly or concealed without a license, which is required in most other states.
However, the UA strictly prohibits the display, possession, and use of any weapon on campus.