Guns and Gun Threats at College
Publication Date: September 2002
Publisher(s): Journal of American College Health
Special Collection: The Joyce Foundation
Topic: Education (Colleges and universities)
Social conditions (Alcohol and drug addiction and trafficking)
Social conditions (Community life and organization)
Social conditions (Safety and security)
Social conditions (Social conditions and problems)
Keywords: alcohol; college ; firearm dangers; gun violence
Coverage: United States
This paper presents findings from a random sample of more than 10,000 undergraduate students who were selected from 119 four-year colleges. The respondents answered a mailed questionnaire about gun possession and gun threats. Approximately 4.3% of the students reported that they had a working firearm at college, and 1.6% of them had been threatened with a gun while at school.
The results found that students are more likely to have a firearm at college and to be threatened with a gun while at college if they are male, live off campus, binge drink, engage in risky and aggressive behavior after drinking, and attend institutions in regions of the United States where household firearm prevalence is high.
Having a firearm for protection is also strongly associated with being threatened with a gun while at college. Students who reported having firearms at college disproportionately reported that they engaged in behaviors that put themselves and others at risk for injury.