guns_on_campusAs gun crime plunges and gun sales soar, Americans want more places open to guns

Barack Obama says the tragic killing of nine in a gun-free Oregon community college has emboldened his desire to impose gun controls, by any means necessary.

But are Americans joining him in demanding guns be banned from college campuses?

After yet another mass shooting in a gun-free zone, the answer appears to be “no.”

“The circumstances surrounding the incidents in Oregon, Arizona and Texas differ — so far only the Oct. 1 massacre at Umpqua Community College clearly fits the description of an unprovoked mass shooting — but all three took place on campuses that prohibit firearms,” The Washington Times reports.

“Every single one of these is an example of where a law-abiding citizen’s ability to fight back has been restricted by law, and the bad guy has the upper hand,” Michael Newbern, a spokesman for Students for Concealed Carry, tells the Times. “A law-abiding citizen is the only person who is hindered from using a firearm when you’re in a gun-free zone.”

As gun rights expand across the country, college campuses are no different.

According to the Times, 13 states introduced bills in their legislatures to relax restrictions on concealed carry on campus.

Newbern expects even more states to consider campus carry next year.

“We’re gaining traction everywhere,” said Newbern. “It’s because of things like this and because our message has stayed the same. Every time something like this happens, which is: Show us how a ban on concealed carry made this situation better. And you can’t.”

Of those 13 states, only Texas approved the legislation.

But even anti-gun forces agree momentum is on the side of campus carry.

Texas’ law could be a model for other states.

“Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, in June signed the campus-carry bill, which gives campus officials some discretion on where firearms may be carried and how they must be stored in dormitories. The law doesn’t take effect until August 2016,” the Times reports. “In Texas, as in most other states, an applicant must be at least 21 to obtain a concealed-carry license, which rules out most undergraduates at many universities.”