On December 5, the Office of the President released a statement informing the John Carroll community that Campus Safety Services will be equipped with handguns beginning January 1, 2014. The motivation behind this decision is the startling fact that shootings have been a growing issue on college campuses nationwide. This initiative will be funded entirely by the University budget.
Statistics have demonstrated an increase in mass shootings in schools nationwide. In an effort to protect against these possible crimes, arming officers on a college campus makes sense. While the John Carroll community might seem safe, we have to protect against the possibility of threats from outside parties. Regardless of how safe a college community perceives itself to be, steps should always be taken to ensure that safety.
Before the decision was made, officers were completely unarmed and hence unable to protect themselves and the campus from any violent crimes that may have occurred. Some faculty and students argue that there is not a need to arm officers, as there has never been a shooting on campus. They expressed concern that arming officers may lead to accidental firearm injuries.
However, it’s important to take preventative measures when it comes to protecting the John Carroll community instead of waiting for something tragic to happen first. The chance of a shooter causing harm to the community outweighs the possibility of an officer accidentally harming a student or faculty member. In a situation with a shooter, every second counts. Armed officers can react quickly to save lives and ensure the safety of our campus.