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Conceal and Carry for Students

Possible Discussion Questions for High School Students:

  • Have you ever been through an active shooter drill or a lockdown where it either was real or you didn’t know that it wasn’t? How did you feel during it? 
  • There are now schools designed to have hideouts in case of an active shooter, or and companies are producing bulletproof backpacks. Do you see this as a good solution to the problem of gun violence in schools? 
  • School Resource Officers became commonplace after the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. Does your school have one? Do you feel safer knowing that an officer is on campus? 
  • Obviously with COVID-19, this may be different now, but how often did you think about a school shooting happening at your school? 
  • What is the current age to purchase a gun in your state? Is a background check required? Are there any restrictions to purchasing an assault weapon or a high capacity magazine in your state? Do you think the current law is a good one? Do you think it should be changed? If so, how?  
  • The Second Amendment says: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” How do you interpret this statement? 
  • What kind of America do you think the Founding Fathers imagined when they wrote this? How is the United States different now than it was in 1789, when the Second Amendment was written?
  • Do your families own guns, do you know about gun safety?


Coping after a Shooting: 

Suicide Prevention: 



Potential Speakers:

Ideas for Helping out with the Issue: 

1. Find a local organization in your community, and get involved. 

2. Take Action! Everytown Actions

3. Learn about gun statistics in your state. Gun Statistics by State

4. Learn about gun laws in your state. Gun Laws by State

5. Take Action! Amnesty USA Activism Guide – Gun Violence

Related GHRD Groups:

Please click on this link for more information on Gun Violence, Gun Laws, Resources, and ways to Take Action

Conceal And Carry For Students

William Paul Simmons

Professor, Gender and Women's Studies; Director, Human Rights Practice Program (University of Arizona)

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