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…