Thursday, February 21, 2008

Concealed Carry and College

The anti's are aghast of the very idea of legally carrying a concealed firearm on a school campus. They articulate a fear of blood flowing down dormitory hallways, drunk Frat Boys settling simple disagreements with hot lead, and students shooting teachers over poor grades. The Anti's lament that students are too young and have no self control. These folks do not have a very high opinion of today's college students. What these Gun-Fearing Wussies fail to mention is the fact that in order to carry a concealed firearm on a school campus, a person would have to follow all local, state and federal firearms laws. At a minimum, they would have to be 21 years of age. They could have done a full four year Army or Marine Corps tour by then. Another little factoid that the Anti's fail to ever mention is that the State of Utah allows concealed carry on all public college campuses. That is correct. If you are legal to carry in Utah, you are legal to carry at college in Utah.

Umm... where are all the news reports of the random acts of violence involving firearms on Utah campuses? Why have I not heard of any accidental shootings involving a licensed college student on a school campus? You know the Brady Bunch is waiting with baited breath for the first accident or incident to occur so they can dance in the blood of injured, but it has just not happened.

CNN is carrying a story on this very subject:

By Joshua Molina

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (CNN) -- The senior at the University of Utah gets dressed and then decides which gun is easiest to conceal under his clothes.

If he's wearing a T-shirt, he'll take a smaller, low-profile gun to class. If he's wearing a coat, he may carry a different weapon, he said.

He started carrying a gun to class after the massacre at Virginia Tech, but the student says he's not part of the problem of campus shootings and could instead be part of a solution.

Nick, who asked not to be fully identified so his fellow students wouldn't know he carried a gun, says he has had a concealed weapons permit for more than three years. But it was Seung-Hui Cho's murderous campus rampage that made him take a gun to class...

...Nick says his gun doesn't make him feel immune from attack. "But I feel that I will be able to protect myself, and I'm confident in my training and my ability," he said.
Sounds like a stand up kind of guy, the kind of guy I would hope shared a class with a family member.

But then we have the obligatory quote from a GFW:

His confidence is not shared by fellow student Griselda Espinoza, who recently transferred to the university. Some 28,000 students attend the school, as of the latest enrollment figures.

"I feel less safe knowing that a stranger sitting beside me in class may have a gun in his or her backpack," she said.

"The only people that should carry guns are trained officials."
Well, they had to throw in the "only ones" theme. It seems that is a requirement for all authorized journalist when doing a "gun" story.

The article continues on with the same pro/con theme, leaning towards the con, and covers recent legislation that would allow open carry on college campuses.

Utah sure seems a good place to send your kids off to school.

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