April 12, 2008

Colorado Students Want Ability To Defend Themselves, Carry Concealed Weapons On Campus

And I wholeheartedly agree (and as a grad student at CU-Denver only too familiar with the frequency of "incident" emails, I can vouch for the necessity):
College students who say they're powerless against campus attacks by gunmen want to push legislators and school administrators to let them arm themselves.

In the wake of recent campus shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, a nationwide student group called Students for Concealed Carry on Campus says they've recruited 25,000 members in the last year.

John Davis, a 30-year-old University of Colorado at Colorado Springs senior, is one of about a dozen students at the campus who joined the group and is organizing a local effort to protest not being able to bring concealed guns to school.

He said students at CU-Colorado Springs and University of Colorado at Boulder will join a national demonstration April 22-25 — the week of the anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings — in which students will wear empty gun holsters. Davis said the display is meant to symbolize that students are "basically defenseless" at school.

"I carry because I'm a former Boy Scout and the motto is always be prepared," Davis said.
Commenter "Sun Tzu" nails it--"I would rather have a gun and not need it, than need a gun and not have it."

And the quote of the day goes to "Sun Tzu" again--"Even if it is illegal to carry a gun on campus...

I would rather be judged by twelve than carried by six."

Amen.

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