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New Campus Carry Policy in Kansas Working Just Fine

New Campus Carry Policy in Kansas Working Just Fine

“number of crimes committed on campus decreased by 13 percent in 2017”

The media isn’t talking about this very much anymore. There’s no bad news to exploit.

The Washington Examiner reports:

New statistics show campus carry a success in Kansas

Despite facing an onslaught of criticism from liberal professors and Democratic state politicians, the statistics from Kansas’ first six months of legal campus carry proves that allowing law-abiding gun owners to carry on campus has the potential to reduce crime without creating an unsafe campus environment.

Last summer, students were given the right to concealed carry on state university campuses in Kansas. A survey of more than 20,000 employees across all Kansas Board of Regents schools showed that faculty and administrators were vehemently opposed to the new law – nearly 50 percent of those surveyed expressed a belief that campus carry would increase crime on campus.

Despite these widespread beliefs, statistics from the University of Kansas police department show the number of crimes committed on campus decreased by 13 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. Furthermore, campus police did not record a single weapons violation on campus for the entire year.

The overall number of criminal offenses committed on campus dropped to 671 incidents in 2017 from 770 in 2016. While arrests for drug and alcohol offenses actually increased in 2017 compared to 2016, KU saw decreases in a number of violent crimes in which potential culprits were likely to think twice if an individual was carrying a concealed firearm.


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But, but, but…..the bloodbath. Oh, never mind!

The 2017 KU Clery Act report shows a decrease in the total crime index (= all known offenses, both violent and property) driven by a significant drop in theft and vandalism. Which KU Public Safety attributes to the hiring of 5 new FT officers and the installation of even more security cameras (they now have over 700). The two crimes which campus carry is supposed to cure — rape and robbery — both increased. Rape increased 33% and robbery increased 100% for the first year of “campus carry” at KU. Good work, hobbyist gun toters.

Proof of concept? Hardly.

Ref. Kansas City Star March 05, 2018
After concealed carry allowed on campus, KU hired more safety officers and crime fell