If I went to school in Colorado, I would not feel threatened by my fellow students being allowed to carry concealed handguns. After all, according to an opinion piece by attorney David Kopel that was published in The Washington Post last year, there has only been one incident related to concealed carry on campus in the state's history with the policy. An employee at a dental school accidentally fired her gun, but nobody was hurt.I would not personally pursue a concealed carry permit. I have much more confidence in cops, security guards and my own agility than on my ability to use a weapon.Whatever rocks your boat though. Besides, not that many college-kids can even get permits in Colorado since the minimum age for concealed carry is 21. The thing is, I don't go to school in Colorado. I attend a community college in Alabama. Most public colleges and universities in my state do not allow students and faculty to carry guns, concealed or otherwise.Not everyone is happy about this. Students for Concealed Carry at the University of South Alabama is planning a protest for early October. The demonstration will be similar to the one SCC staged in April, in which students wore empty holsters to draw attention to their cause. Again, concealed carry at Colorado colleges hasn't made them more dangerous places. One must , however, consider the differences between the two states' policies with regard to issuing permits. Kopel writes, " In Colorado, an applicant must be at least 21 years old, pass a fingerprint-based background check, and a safety-training class taught by a nationally-certified instructor. Even if a person meets all these conditions, the statute instructs the Sheriff to deny the application 'If the sheriff has a reasonable belief that documented previous behavior by the applicant makes it likely the applicant will present a danger to self or others.' In order to obtain a pistol permit in Alabama, which gives the bearer the right to carry a concealed pistol, one only has to have reached the age of 18 and have a clean history with regard to mental health and criminal behavior.No classes are required. Alabama is a "shall issue" state, meaning that the sheriff cannot deny a permit to someone who has passed a background check and met all other standards. Before we can make our gun laws more lenient, we need to make them tougher. Until then, the would-be vigilantes in my English composition class should take some advice from Johnny Cash. Leave your guns at home.