Arizona bill could put more guns on college campusesPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- College campuses across the nation have been the scenes of some of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history.
A solution offered up by some Arizona lawmakers, allow professors and many students to arm themselves, has sparked a debate.
"I've replayed that situation time and time again with everything from me saving the day to me getting killed," said Colin Goddard.
Goddard will never forget what happened that day at Virginia Tech. That day when Seung-Hui Cho walked into his classroom and opened fire.
"I still have three of the four bullets in me," said Goddard.
Almost four years later, he travels the country pushing for sensible gun laws. Tuesday night he was in Tucson for the premiere of "Living for 32."
But earlier in the day he was in Phoenix where legislators are busy trying to pass a law that would allow guns on college campuses.
"That was the craziest day of my life with one student with 2 guns. I cant even imagine if it was multiple students with multiple guns," said Goddard.
Multiple students and professors with guns could be the situation at the University of Arizona, if the Senate passes Bill 1467.
The U of A's police department has already spoken against it.
"The introduction of firearms on campus, not only by faculty and staff but by students, increases potential for bad things to happen. Things that aren't really foreseen," said University of Arizona Police Department Chief Anthony Daykin.
"I think that people are actually attracted to the places where they know that people are disarmed to do their violence there," said Senator Ron Gould.
Senator Gould's argument is simple, guns in the classroom will make schools safer, and help avoid tragic shootings.
But students, and professors aren't convinced.
"Just get a gun and take it wherever the hell you want i don't think that's a smart idea," said one University of Arizona student.
"I don't feel comfortable sitting in a classroom with twenty students not knowing who's armed and who isn't," said Education Professor Christina Iddings.
For now, no one is armed on campus in Arizona, and Goddard wants to keep it that way.
"What they're not considering is that the other 99.9 percent of school days will be more dangerous because there will be guns everywhere," said Goddard.
They say more guns just aren't the answer.
About a dozen legislatures nationwide are considering similar measures. Gun control advocates think Texas and Arizona are the most likely to pass such a measure.