31 March 2008

Self Defense 101 At College Campuses

Ohio University journalism student Emily Mullin has penned a great article for the American Spectator, titled "Self Defense 101," which details the growing movement across the United States toward allowing faculty, staff and students with CCW credentials to carry on campus.

"With school violence on the rise and campus shootings becoming increasingly more common, some states are rethinking their gun laws. Instead of putting more useless restrictions on guns, many of these states are looking into the possibility of allowing people with valid permits to carry concealed weapons on school grounds.Arizona State Senate Bill 1214, for example, would allow permit-holders of at least 21 years of age to carry concealed firearms at K-12 schools, community colleges and universities. Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Idaho, and Washington all have similar concealed-carry legislation pending."

And, there's this:

"It is clear in the case of these states that more lenient concealed carry laws are not contributing to higher crime rates and more violence. Numerous studies conducted by the Journal of Legal Studies, Florida Department of Justice Statistics, Florida Department of State, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the U.S. Census Bureau have reconfirmed this."

Definitely a good read.

Of course, I can't let this post get away without some updates to the college CC movement.

In South Dakota, the state attorney general's opinion is being sought on the issue of concealed carry on campus. The state Board of Regents there has banned concealed carry on on the state's six public university campuses.

Meanwhile, opinion is divided on the University of Alabama campus over the intent of two (now dead) bills in Alabama's state legislature that would have permitted faculty, staff and students with CCW credentials to carry at universities there.

Earlier this month, National Public Radio aired a piece on the growing movement to allow students and faculty to be armed, in order to protect themselves in victim-rich gun-free campus zones.

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