A walkout should be just the beginning at U of L

By on March 22, 2018

By Megan Brewer —

U of L’s neighbor duPont Manual High School participated in National Walkout Day honoring school shooting victims March 14.

Manual’s walkout raises the question of whether U of L should have a walkout or not.

Students, at any level, shouldn’t have to worry about a shooting while going to school.

U of L isn’t in the best location of the city, but students should still be able to feel safe while on campus.

A walkout would allow U of L to honor the victims of the recent school shootings, which I’m sure most students at U of L would want to do.

Having a walkout could also get the attention of school administration and state legislators to do more to prevent gun violence at U of L.

However, a walkout against gun violence on a campus with 22,000 students leaves an opening for something bad to happen.

It’s not something we want to think about or even want to say could happen, but in reality, it could.

A walkout could also be pointless, which it shouldn’t. I know the intention is to honor the victims, but after the walkout, we need to follow through.

One way is making sure U of L doesn’t allow anyone to carry firearms on campus. Now, I know this won’t stop someone from bringing a gun to campus, but it makes it less likely.

The best way to help students feel safe on campus is preparing them for the worst.

Following a walkout, we should do more to inform our peers about guns, what to do if there’s a shooter on campus and ways to protect ourselves.

Administration needs to do more to inform students on what to do and how to handle a situation involving an active shooter as well.

While a walkout would honor the victims of shootings, and maybe we should have one for that reason, we can be doing more than just that.

Maybe a walkout would be a start, but it can’t stop there. We have to keep informing each other, finding ways to have administration and policymakers focus more on gun violence and what to do in a given situation.

File Photo / The Louisville Cardinal

About Megan Brewer

Opinion editor that's won first place awards, specifically for the piece "It’s time to give David Grissom the boot," and once got asked about being "injured in some horrific backyard barbeque."

One Comment

  1. Grant Deetch

    April 10, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    I do wish my beloved university could manage to be a little less political. I would point out that many of these walkouts were supported or encouraged by faculty at these schools in a way that seems to force students to display the opinion of their teachers. There were also multiple schools during the recent walkouts that forbade protests for the other side of the argument. I would also point out that states with less restrictive gun laws on average display lower rates of crime. To address your comment on UofL not allowing weapons on campus- it is already illegal as is their right under state law. However, this just makes the university a more attractive target as they know no one here is armed. I would love to see them find a way to allow those with concealed carry permits to carry- maybe with extra requirements. There are so many former officers and veterans that I suspect would take advantage of this. I don’t want to change the learning climate to anything tense. But, I struggle to see how a campus like ours where people are regularly robbed is safer by doubling-down on this policy. The only other alternative is to apply more stringent security. In my opinion, this would only change the climate and limit the freedom of students. I would also poit out that this is a right afforded almost anywhere outside campus, I find it distasteful to treat campus differently.

    Then even in those places where firearms are banned they still possess the same problems. Lond for example, a very secure and disarmed first world nation is experiencing a knife violence and acid epidemic. As I understand it their crime rate is higher than New York City. Lastly, I would mention that the right to bear arms was meant to prevent tyranny and preserve Lockean social contract. I hope I do not seem confrontational but I dislike seeing only one opinion on campus when I feel there is a very reasonable argument to the contrary.

    A few links:
    https://www.buckeyefirearms.org/gun-quotations-founding-fathers

    Sources at bottom- http://americangunfacts.com/

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/07/world/europe/london-murders-knife-attacks-stabbing.html

    https://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp

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