Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Gun Ban on University Campuses in Colorado?

The Lefties are out to deprive us of our Constitutional Rights (again). They say the ban is to "save lives". If this were true, they'd probably be better off paying attention to traffic safety as opposed to firearms. According to the Vital National Statistics Reports (Vol. 59, No 4, March 16, 2011) there were 688 firearms deaths in 2009, as opposed to 36,284 from motor vehicle accidents.

Everyone wants a safe environment on college campuses. The real question is how do we achieve this?  I talked one time to a Police Officer that worked for Arapahoe Community College. I asked him what was the purpose of the gun ban? He answered "we want to assure we are the only ones on campus with guns".  But it does no such thing!

The next question to ask is "why have you not fenced off the campus and set up check points and screening to assure a campus gun-free zone"? The answer is always "oh, that would be too expensive and inconvenient!" Well, then, HOW CAN YOU BE CONFIDENT OF NO GUNS ON CAMPUS? The answer is you cannot!

After the Virginia Tech shooting in April 2007 I read a story about the campus firearms ban that had been instituted a few months before the mayhem. One of the faculty members exclaimed at the time "I feel safer already!" Too bad feelings and reality were so divergent!  Why do not these Colorado Lefties remember this?

Far better to allow conceal carry permits (CCP) on campus. Then any shooter will not be confident that he may encounter return fire. He will  move to a location that DOES have a ban, a more "shooter-safe zone".  Recall that Holmes, the Aurora theatre shooter in July 2012, drove past other theatre complexes to select the one that had gun ban signs posted around the ticket booth.

Another objection is the vision of the kids waving .45 semi automatic pistols around the beer barrel on a Friday night. But this is not reality!
  • You have to be over 21 to hold a CCP
  • You have to submit to a background check and fingerprinting
  • You have to have training and instruction in the law and the use of firearms
  • Statistically, law abiding holders of CCP are NOT the ones who commit crimes with firearms
More than likely the only holders of CCP's on campus will be veterans, Criminal Justice seniors, and faculty who know full well the legal responsibilities of carrying lethal force. This would be safer for the faculty and students as opposed to another Virginia Tech style "shooter safe zone".

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