GUNS: Campus necessity or college accessory?

BLOOMINGTON — If the clothes make the man, what would make the college student? A gun? Perhaps.Students are asking the Indiana Statehouse for the right to carry guns to college. “We all have our own reasons to carry a gun. Regardless, we don’t want the university telling us if we can or can’t carry,” said Crayle Vanest, a college student.Vanest is also the Indiana State Director for Concealed Carry, a group working with Indiana Sen. Jim Banks to propose legislation allowing guns on state college campuses.“I was asked to file this bill on behalf of Students for Concealed Carry’s Indiana chapter,” Banks said in a press release. “It has moved to the Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure, and I look forward to continued discussion on this issue.”If the bill is passed, students who have a license to carry a weapon would be allowed to do so at state colleges.“We want to feel safer,” said Vanest. “Many students have to commute to and from campus after dark. I should be able to make the choice to carry something more than pepper spray to protect myself.”In the past, students lobbied for change directly with the universities, but were unsuccessful in producing any results in their favor.But some nay sayers question whether a student would have a clear mind and steady finger should the campus come under the attack of a shooter.Should guns be allowed on campuses, Vanest said the key would be to equip students with firearms training to eliminate the chance of more injuries and fatalities. This provision, however, is not included in the bill authored by Banks.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 15 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.