Harvard Argument Against Campus Carry: Students’ Brains Aren’t Developed

posted on September 10, 2016

A Harvard Crimson editorial—which reads more like an article from a 1969 issue of Harvard Lampoon—asserts campus carry is dangerous because college students’ brains aren’t developed and they consume drugs and alcohol.

Excerpts from the thesis seem like satire, but are, in fact, presented as rational. From the editorial titled “No Guns On Campus”: 

“… at the University of Texas, they (sex toys) have become instruments of protest against state legislation forcing public campuses to accept concealed carry …. Neurology confirms college students’ dubious decision-making abilities. The frontal lobes, the area of the brain responsible for ultimate decision-making, may not even fully develop until the 30s, and one of the last areas to mature. While this lagged development should not exempt college students from all responsibilities, Texas ought to reconsider the prudence of relying on gun-toting 20-somethings for campus safety …. The environment of undergraduate life itself also gives ample reason to question the wisdom of concealed carry. Alcohol and drugs are undeniable parts of college life ….”

Tell that to all the 20-somethings now carrying guns for the military in faraway lands while protecting our freedoms—including our right to keep and bear arms.

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