The Iowa Board of Regents passed a new comprehensive security plan that will, among other things, permit campus police officers to carry firearms.I am in favor of such a policy. No campus can ever be completely safe but an armed campus police force plus an enhanced communications system could go a long way toward making sure a killer doesn't take 2 hours to kill and reload for more killing. When a psychopathic killer is loose, a gun free zone full of unarmed victims is a welcome mat.
Cmdr. Gene Deisinger of the ISU Police said the new policy is multifaceted.
"The training and arming of university police officers was one subsection of the overall policy that was submitted by the board," Deisinger said.
What do the students think of this?
Brian Phillips, senior in political science and president of the Government of Student Body, said the GSB was pleased that the regents had addressed the issue of arming police.I agree with this policy and hope other universities follow suit.
"Students were clearly in support of arming the officers, the PA systems, crisis management, interventions and things of that nature," Phillips said.
He said in August some student leaders at all three state universities conducted surveys at the behest of the Board of Regents to see how students reacted to the idea of arming police.
"At all three there was about 60 percent that agreed or strongly said that the police should carry arms, all three expressed overwhelming support," Phillips said.