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.Sounds like a stand up kind of guy, the kind of guy I would hope shared a class with a family member.
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.
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.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.
"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."
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.