The report is short, and says that the two men involved in the argument weren't students, but three female students passing by were wounded. And, it says, three people were wounded a week earlier at an off-campus party near the college.One person has been shot dead and three others wounded in a shooting incident at Tennessee State University in Nashville, US police say.Police in Nashville tweeted that the violence arose after an apparent row over a dice game on Thursday night.
A 19-year-old man was killed in the argument, and three female students who were passing by were wounded.
The latest incident comes a week after three people were wounded by gunfire at an off-campus party near the college.
The suspect fled the scene on foot.
A university spokeswoman said the two men involved in the argument were not students and were believed to have been gambling.
Our state legislature is, among other things, proposing that concealed carry be allowed on campuses of the state system here. I know that folks off campus conceal carry at times, and I know that this incident happened off campus. But it still worries me, allowing people to carry guns into campus buildings.
A couple of years ago, a really good student of mine, one of those gentle men who's kind and who study well, who's sort of geeky in the best way, was walking through the dorm entry area (you know the sort of area, where there's a TV, sitting places, and so on), when another male student, quite drunk and a good deal bigger and tougher than my student, started beating up my student. Other students pulled him off, but he still got in a few punches. The bruises lasted visibly for a few weeks.
If the drunk student had had access to a gun, my kind, smart, geeky student might have been killed, or more seriously injured.
Despite all the "specials" every deer season offering cheap beer and ammo at local gas stations, guns and alcohol are a bad combination. Add young men with less self-control than we'd like, and it's a worse combination.
Even so, I worry more about students using guns to commit suicide. If they don't have easy access, then committing suicide is just a little more difficult, and maybe a little less successful. Access to a gun makes it so damnably easy.