Students, Faculty, and Sitting Ducks

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Imagine for a moment….You are in class taking a difficult final for your sociology class.  The person to your left whispers and asks you if you heard something.  Boom.  You then hear the sound.  Boom.  Getting closer.  Someone screams in the hallway.  Boom.  You realize now it’s gunshots.  The shots are ringing closer now, seems outside of your classroom.

Stop! I have a bottle of Advil and am not afraid to use it!

What do you do?  Your backpack has your iPhone headphones, 3 pens, 1 mechanical pencil, a bottle of Advil, and 2 folders.  Boom!  What do you do!?  How can you possibly defend yourself with Advil?  How about an assault in the parking lot going to your car on campus?

Colleges have undergraduate students, graduates, high school students taking college classes, faculty, janitors, support staff, and guests.  Who are altogether sitting ducks.

We can begin to allow citizens who have legally obtained concealed handgun licenses to carry on all college campuses in America.

Legislation is Already Happening

         It is not a matter of if, but when the next shooting on a college campus will be. The legislation ball is already rolling.  According to this article, “In March 2012, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the University of Colorado’s policy banning guns from campus violates the state’s concealed carry law, and in 2011 the Oregon Court of Appeals overturned the Oregon University System’s ban of guns on campuses, allowing those with permits to carry concealed guns on the grounds of these public colleges.”

What happens while we wait?

I would hope and pray that no college student or professor would every have to use a firearm.  I carried a concealed firearm in Texas for several years and never had to pull my weapon (and hope I never do).  But, there is no better feeling than knowing I have a way to protect myself.  Even Texas has laws against handguns on college campuses.  So I guess we are at the mercy of police and security to arrive.  What happens while we wait for those long 1….3…10 minutes?

When an assailant with a gun attacks a college…I would hope I have more than a mechanical pencil to defend myself.  If you want to get involved in helping colleges allow concealed carry members to carry on campuses get involved at: concealedcampus.org.  Join on Facebook or donate today to keep the cause alive as a second amendment citizen.  If not, I understand, just make sure your Advil is loaded…

5 thoughts on “Students, Faculty, and Sitting Ducks

  1. Let’s talk about your analogous creature “the duck” for a moment, because his example is as good as any. Here’s a creature that has conquered everything the natural world has thrown at it: land, sea, and air. They can be found in every corner of the planet, and are so darned abundant that even hunting season cant keep their numbers down.

    So how can a placid and peaceful creature without an aggressive bone inside its body or tooth inside its bill, become such a force of world domination? It’s simple: They adapt. But do so within the confines of their natures. They don’t suddenly take an aggressive posture en mass because some corner of the pond had an incident.

    The debate of guns should also include some wisdom about our natures, particularly which nature humanity should aspire to–that of peace or that of aggression. I think tragedies like Sand Hook trigger two very different impulses: An impulse to protect through threat of retribution and an impulse to protect through undermining aggression wherever and however possible. Both postures have inherit myopathies, and both have staunch advocates. Everybody claims the high road, just as long as it’s the road untaken. Parties seem to agree on one thing; they don’t like the state of affairs as is.

    I’d maintain extreme reactions either direction would probably not bode well for our society as a whole. We first need to trust and listen to the “better angels” of our natures if we ever hope to find a worthy solution.

    Back to our duck. Whenever a deranged drake goes attacking others in its flock, their natural response is to turn on him and pluck out his tail feathers. He’s left flightless and weak, and the rest of the flock is already off foraging somewhere else–which is to say, they fall back into their peaceful, natural states.

    So, here’s to the Sitting Duck floating serenely on the pond; he’s a pretty darn resilient fellah. Let him continue to rule the world.

  2. As a believer in the second amendment, I would advise caution with this train of thought. Owning a weapon for home or self-defense is one thing, believing that you need to carry just to be safe is a frightening prospect. Classes in Minnesota teach permit holders to avoid conflict if possible. Using your weapon should be a last resort. Even police who train for firearm safety numerous times a year still make lethal mistakes everyday. I would be sure to advocate that those who carry do so responsibly, and not feel they need to take police actions into their own hands.

  3. Great post. Thanks for the comment. Yes, we do tend to go to both extremes when a tragedy happens. Either everyone has guns or we outlaw types of weapons and how many rounds a clips can have. Both sides have their merit and these discussions are continuing in all states and political circles.

    If the given drake was to show up with a weapon more than a beak, the ducks would also need to adapt as we need to. I’ve spent time in Mexico and even friends from there will say the reason the drug cartels rule, is that citizens can’t bear arms.

    Bad guys don’t follow laws, good guys do. Should schoolteachers and principals be allowed to carry a firearm to schools? If we do allow students to carry on campuses should we allow for more mental health testing for licenses? Which types of guns should we allow?

    Second amendment rights are being infringed by not allowing us to carry on campuses. Some laws are smart, ie: no carrying in bars or amusement parks, but others are too restrictive. More for our government to figure out. It’s only a matter of time.

  4. Yes, most definitely! George Zimmerman is a lesson for all concealed handgun members to not be vigilantes. Every bullet has a lawyer attached to it. Even if I defend myself I’ll have a lot of litigation and questions to answer…but at least I’d be alive to do it.

    A friend of mine was cornered in San Antonio while trying to sell his camera equipment on Craigslist. His handgun got him out of there alive, when one of the buyers flashed a gun. After shooting the assailant in the leg my friend immediately called police. The injured robber was found bleeding in Pizza Hut, and my friend went home safe.

    Most gun control proponents hate the quote that: “The only way to stop bullets is more bullets.” That is the scary truth. I would hope to never use a handgun on anyone. Police are always the number 1 method for protection. I couldn’t agree more that we need to use extreme caution when using a firearm, but I like the choice to do so.

    Thanks for the comment!

  5. While I understand the concern of not being able to defend yourself in an unpredictable, tragic situation (i.e. school and other public place shootings), I believe that the solution you speak of is short-term orientated.
    As things currently stand (and stood in the past), the access to firearms does in fact put people at risk sitting in a public location. The natural reaction would be to have responsible parties, equipped with guns as well in order to defend themselves and defuse a tragic situation.
    However, wouldn’t that just be a short-term solution? Shouldn’t the real root of the issue be targeted towards the aggressors themselves? Finding ways to make a firearm less accessible to those individuals. And if we can’t do that, at least try and create an environment to where there is no chance of a firearm entering that particular public space.
    Many of the native terroristic shooting tragedies ended up revealing that the assailant was in fact a person with no criminal background history, and the person had no apparent mental illness documented. My point being—wouldn’t the solution you describe continue to create environments where it’s just as simple for assailants to enter a public place with a firearm as it is for you? If they check out, they’d also have the ability to obtain their own “conceal and carry.” I feel as though that may continue to create the above mentioned combustible situations. I guess this solution just seems a bit circular and endless to me.
    A long-term solution may be to enforce firearm ban on public buildings that have no logical connection to guns. If it’s a school, a person should bring school materials and other personal belongings, but why a gun? If it’s simply to defend oneself, then maybe high-risk environments should begin to have higher security. I understand this solution opens up an entirely new can of worms.
    My point being: in the long run, it would seem more logical to me– to legally work on making certain firearms less accessible (to individuals who don’t have any logical reason to have one). I have many friends who hunt, and I know people that very much value owning a firearm within their home. I understand that the appropriate parties can responsibly, defensively, and recreationally own a gun. Although this is a very complex situation, and I’d have to say that tackling it by simply arming other citizens seems to be not a complex enough solution.

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