Student Attitudes Toward Concealed Handguns on Campus at 2 Universities.
ABSTRACT We examined student support for a policy that would allow carrying of concealed handguns on university campuses. Large percentages of students at 2 universities expressed very low levels of comfort with the idea of permitting concealed handgun carrying on campus, suggesting that students may not welcome less restrictive policies. Students held slightly different opinions about concealed handguns on and off campus, suggesting that they view the campus environment as unique with respect to concealed handgun carrying. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print July 19, 2012: e1-e3. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2011.300473).
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ABSTRACT: Results from the 1995 National College Health Risk Behavior Survey, which monitored health risk behaviors among US college and university undergraduates, suggest that many students' behaviors increase their likelihood of adverse health outcomes. During the 30 days preceding the survey, 34% of the participants had consumed five or more alcoholic drinks on at least one occasion, and 27% had drunk alcohol and driven a car. Thirty-one percent had smoked cigarettes regularly during their lifetimes, 49% had ever used marijuana, 30% had used a condom during their last sexual intercourse, 21% were overweight, and 38% had participated in vigorous physical activity on 3 or more of the 7 days preceding the survey. These data were analyzed by gender, age group, race and ethnicity, and institution type. They can be used by those responsible for the health and education of college students to reduce risks associated with the leading causes of mortality and morbidity.Journal of American College Health 10/1997; 46(2):55-66. · 1.45 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: A random sample of more than 15,000 undergraduate students from 130 4-year colleges answered a mailed questionnaire concerning firearm possession. Approximately 3.5% of the sampled students reported they had a working firearm at college. Students with guns were more likely to be male, White, or Native American; to binge drink and need to start the day with alcohol; to be members of a fraternity or sorority; to live off campus; and to live with a spouse or significant other. Having a gun was positively associated with driving after binge drinking, being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, and damaging property as a result of alcohol ingestion. Students with guns were also more likely to be injured severely enough to require medical attention, especially for injuries occurring in fights or car crashes. Overall, students with guns at college were more likely than others to engage in activities that put themselves and others at risk for injury.Journal of American College Health 08/1999; 48(1):7-12. · 1.45 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: To determine public attitudes in the United States concerning gun carrying. In the past 15 years, many state legislatures have passed laws making it easier for United States citizens to carry concealed firearms, not only on the street but into various locations, including churches and government buildings. National random digit dial telephone surveys conducted in 1996 and 1999 asked questions concerning the public's feelings of safety as more people in their community carry firearms, and whether, in the language of the question, respondents believe "regular" citizens should be allowed to carry guns into public or government buildings. Americans feel less safe rather than more safe as more people in their community begin to carry guns. By margins of at least nine to one, Americans do not believe that "regular" citizens should be allowed to bring their guns into restaurants, college campuses, sports stadiums, bars, hospitals, or government buildings. The public believes that increased gun carrying by others reduces rather than increases their safety. Overwhelmingly, the public believes that in many venues gun carrying should be prohibited.Injury Prevention 01/2002; 7(4):282-5. · 1.76 Impact Factor