Students at the University of Colorado are reconsidering their take on the university`s fight to ban guns across campus after a non-fatal shooting Tuesday at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
A 21-year-old Broomfield resident was shot in the arm early Wednesday on the CSU campus in when he was approached for drugs, according to campus police. Police said the victim drove to Broomfield to report the incident and did not receive medical attention for his injury.
Though neither the victim nor the shooter is thought to be a student at CSU, students in Boulder said they took a step back to consider their safety on campus.
“It`s scary to hear about that happening and at a college not far from here,” CU senior Jacklynn Blanchard said. “It`s not something you want to think about, but it`s hard not to.”
Blanchard said the incident is stirring up recent debates at CU regarding a controversial gun ban that has been a hot topic for students since the spring.
In April, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a gun-rights group that argued in a lawsuit that a 1994 CU Board of Regents policy banning concealed weapons violates state gun laws. The regents this summer voted to appeal the case to the Colorado Supreme Court.
CU senior Jon Tattum said campus violence is bound to bring up discussions about protection and he is still undecided when it comes to CU`s gun ban.
“It`s one of those issues where I can really see the justification on both sides,” Tattum said. “I don`t think many students would take advantage of concealed carry if it were allowed on campus anyway, so I don`t know how much good it would do.”
Tattum said that if he were in the same situation as Wednesday`s victim, he would definitely wish he had a weapon on him. But without the proper training and permits, Tattum would have been no better off than the victim or any other individual on campus.
In late June, CU regents narrowly voted to appeal the most recent court ruling, and fight to maintain the campus` gun ban.
Republican Regent Tom Lucero, who voted against the appeal, said this kind of campus violence is just one example of why students should have the right to protect themselves with concealed weapons.
“These things are going to happen regardless,” Lucero said.
Whether CU or any other university allows concealed weapons on campus, Lucero said criminals will continue to obtain and use weapons illegally — as he assumes was the case at CSU.
Democratic Regent Stephen Ludwig, who voted in favor of the appeal, said he did not have enough information regarding the incident at CSU to comment.
CSU repealed its gun ban following the court decision in May, altering that campus` policy to allow lawfully concealed weapons on campus.