From Campus Safety to Gun Control: What’s Next?

Mass shootings seem to be occurring more often than ever. Regardless of how people feel about gun control, many can agree this is a fight we are losing.

“I don’t feel safe when it comes to the unpredictability of an active shooter situation,” Victoria Gomez said. “It could be any normal day until it’s not.”

UMKC police are the front line of student safety on our campus. In the case of an active shooter, they would be the first to the scene. According to the UMKC Police Department web page, campus police employs 28 personnel and six security guards.

With a student population of 16,000 that equals a ratio of one officer per 471 students. Kansas City, Missouri, has 1,364 police officers, and with a total population of 480,000 that equals a ratio of one officer per 351 people.

Many pro-gun activists think that more guns are the answer to this violence. Some want to arm teachers and professors to help them defend themselves and students against an active shooter.

Senior political science major Bailey Hughes rejected this idea.

“There’s a possibility of more guns in circulation in schools, which seems dangerous,” Hughes said.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Feb. 22, “I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!”

This is a win in the eyes of many, but some don’t believe that anything will come of Trump’s proposals.

Senior political science major Jodi Hall was less than enthused.

“I know that it’s a Republican-controlled Congress, and I’m thinking that nothing is going to happen,” she said.

Inaction on gun control, such as increased requirements to purchase an assault weapon, frustrate many UMKC students.

School officials are aware of concern that students may feel following the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. An email was sent to all students and faculty with tips and videos on how to handle an active shooter situation.

From campus safety to gun control, UMKC students are left wondering what’s next.

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