1. I think about the staggering number of people on a college campus—15,000, 30,000, 50,000.
    1. Who are the good guys?
    2. Who are the bad guys?
    3. How can you tell the difference?
  2. I think about rape, already rampant on campuses (read Jon Krakauer’s MISSOULA), with the added bonus of a perfectly acceptable firearm to intimidate the victim.
  3. I think about questions to ask teachers:
    1. Do you want to carry a gun? Do your peers?
    2. Where would you keep your gun in the day-to-day—office, desk drawer, briefcase, purse, suit pocket, under the dais?
    3. How do you feel about standing exposed before a roomful of students carrying concealed firearms?
    4. How will you feel when meeting alone with a student in your office, with the door closed, if you think he/she is carrying?
  4. I think about skill and ability with weapons.
    1. How do I know you’ve had enough training?
    2. How do I know you’ve had any training?
  5. I think about those huge dimly-lit freshman lecture halls with their skinny desks stacked tight like dominoes—200 or 300 or 400 kids, panicking and shooting each other in the dark.
  6. I think about mental stability.
    1. How do I know if you are on meds, legal or otherwise?
    2. How do I know if you are off your meds?
  7. I think about the big scary guy in my British Lit class who openly despised us, his classmates, and the professor and how terrified we all would have been if he’d been encouraged to carry a firearm.
  8. I think about sitting around waiting for class to start and watching students pass around and compare their guns.
  9. I think if you have proven yourself to be skilled under stress with a weapon (ex-military, law enforcement), carrying a gun is absolutely reasonable. The way an air marshal is licensed to carry a gun on the plane.
  10. I think about drunk young boys, pissed off.
  11. I think about drunk young boys, spouting off.
  12. I think about drunk young boys, showing off.
  13. I think about the brilliant sweet depressed kid in my class one winter semester who told us he’d considered jumping like John Berryman off the river bridge but changed his mind after the long bitter-cold walk. I think about how glad I am he did not have a firearm.
  14. I think about heated class discussions. About who will and won’t feel free to voice dissent.
  15. I think about carrying a gun becoming “cool,” like having the latest cell phone.
  16. I think about a dorm-full of insecure, stressed-out, broke, exhausted, homesick, lonely 19 year olds. With guns laying around.
  17. I wonder how many of the people demanding conceal and carry on college campuses have spent any time recently on a college campus.


What Do You Think About When You Think About Conceal and Carry On A College Campus?