Friday's NAU shooting sparks local gun debate

There are new developments in the shooting on the Northern Arizona University campus. One of the victims from the shooting is now out of the hospital while two others victims continue to recover at the hospital.
Nicholas Prato is the victim who has been released from the hospital, and he even attended a vigil last night on campus.
Friday’s shooting at NAU, along with other recent school shootings, continues to spark controversy over gun safety on college campuses. And despite this deadly shooting, those who support students’ right to carry guns on campus aren’t backing down.
"The only person that you're leaving up to be defenseless are the law abiding citizens," Bowyer said. “As long as we continue to put the law-abiders, the good guys, in the corner where they can't defend themselves, the more we are going to have the criminals to come into campus, or areas where guns aren't allowed and take advantage of others." 
The Republican Party of Maricopa has joined forces with other groups such as Young Americans for Liberty and Students for Self-Defense at ASU to pass legislation allowing guns on campus. 
Bowyer says although the situation that happened at NAU is different and could have happened anywhere, allowing people to protect themselves on campus could save lives in a rampage-style situation. 
"How much of that gets played into the mind of the individual that's committing the crime, that hey I'm going somewhere that I know I'm not going to be able to be stopped, or I know that I'm not going to be taken down as quickly" Bowyer questioned.  
We spoke to some students who have mixed opinions on the issue. 
"I think it's a bad idea.” “I wouldn't feel safe in classes knowing that people are open and carrying concealed weapons. I dont think it's a good idea."   
"If a criminal knows that there is people walking around with guns, then why would they go there and not somewhere else."   
"If you get in an argument with someone, or just wrong place wrong time and you start an argument with someone that could be really bad."  
Arizona state law lets local colleges and universities decide whether to allow or ban open or concealed weapons on campus. State universities currently allow guns on campus, as long as they are out-of-sight and stored in a locked vehicle. 
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