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6 Libertarian Papers 1 (2014)

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RIGHT-TO-CARRY AND CAMPUS CRIME: EVIDENCE
FROM THE NOT-SO-WILD-WEST
JILL K. HAYTER, GARY L. SHELLEY, AND TAYLOR P. STEVENSON*
Introduction
Improbable and unpredictable events sometimes have large impacts on
our lives. Taleb (2007) argues that Black Swan events, characterized by
rarity, extreme impact and retrospective predictability, shape our lives and
the world in which we live. These events are highly significant, but they are
outliers.  They are difficult to either understand or explain and nearly
impossible to predict.
None of the students, faculty, or administrators in Blacksburg, VA on
April 16, 2007 could have predicted the day would be different than any
other on the Virginia Tech campus. It was this day a student went on a
shooting rampage, killing 32 people and wounding 25 more, before finally
killing himself One reaction to the Virginia Tech shooting was a call for
stronger gun control laws. A number of university administrators and faculty
have been vocal in their support of stronger gun control.          Notably,
Oklahoma Chancellor of Higher Education Glen Johnson stated There is
no scenario where allowing concealed weapons on college campuses will do
anything other than create a more dangerous environment for students,
faculty, staff and visitors.  Popular sentiment is summed up by Alex
* Jill K. Hayter is Assistant Professor of Economics at East Tennessee State
University. Gary L. Shelley is Associate Professor of Economics at East Tennessee State
University. Taylor P. Stevenson (stevenst@etsu.edu) is Assistant Professor of Economics
at East Tennessee State University.
CITATION INFORMATION FOR THIS ARTICLE:
Jill. K. Hayter, Gary L. Shelley, and Taylor P. Stevenson. 2014. Right-to-Carry and
Campus Crime: Evidence from the Not-so-Wild-West. Libertaran Papers. 6 (1): 1-20.
ONLINE AT: lib rtananp apers org. THIS ARTICLE IS subject to a Creative Commons
Attribution 3.0 License (creativecommons.or/licenses).

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