Students reveal that they carry weapons for protection against violent crimes, but is there a better approach?
In the wee hours of Sept. 5, Robert Eells shot back.
The sophomore reportedly was sitting in front of his house at around 2 a.m. Labor Day when a 15-year-old boy and friends demanded money from the student. When he didn’t comply, the boy shot him in the stomach. To the surprise of many, Eells, equipped with a gun of his own, fired back as the boy fled.
Following the event, many around Main Campus praised Eells for his resilience and ability to rise to his own defense.
While The Temple News wishes full recoveries for both of the young men, we’re not in the business of condoning gun violence.
Although the university does not allow students to carry weapons on Main Campus, students’ perception of campus goes much further than Temple-owned property. And in the near-campus community, where a growing student population lives, violence happens–perhaps too often.
When choosing to attend Temple, some quick research will yield some insight into the crimes that occur near campus.
The Temple News hopes that students come to the university fully prepared to exercise precaution and common sense when around campus, especially at night.
Still, being wary isn’t always enough to prevent a situation from arising.
As evidenced in “Shooting triggers self-defense discussion,” Kate Kelly, Page 1, many students living near campus carry weapons of self-defense or equip their rented homes with them, in case of an emergency.
But gun violence is only worsened by the number of people carrying firearms–legally or illegally.
The Temple News encourages students to consider a holistic approach to safety, rather than equipping themselves with weapons that could lead to more bloodshed. This includes choosing where to live and recognizing times when sitting outside isn’t necessarily the safest bet.
Being outside at 2 a.m. for the sake of being outside isn’t safe–and perhaps the gun-wielding Eells knew that.
Rather than carrying, students should be proactive by making smart decisions that can help them from falling into a dangerous situation. If they do, there won’t be a need to pull the trigger.