Skip to comments.Students and Self-Defense: The Untold Truth
Posted on 09/14/2009 11:45:40 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA
Annie Le was a Yale University PhD student who was recently found dead in a campus building, found the same day she was supposed to get married.
Several months before her untimely death, she wrote an article about avoiding/dealing with crime on the campus after interviewing the Chief of police in town.
In this piece, several tips are given by the Chief, but none could realistically help someone Annie Le's size (4' 11" and 90 pounds) against an attacker. Simply unrealistic. Once again, the officials ignore the elephant in the room; namely, that guns are often the best self defense, as would have been the case with someone who is the size of Annie Le.
The Chief provided us with these handy tips for crime prevention:
1. Pay attention to where you are.
2. Avoid portraying yourself as a potential victim.
3. Do not be distracted by ipods and phone calls.
4. Reduce your exposure (use the Yale escort and shuttle services).
5. Walk with a purpose.
6. Keep a minimum amount on your person.
I would add a #7: Student CCW. (None of the 6 listed by the Chief of police would help a person of her stature)
But #7 would be precluded from happening, as Yale has this in their list of rules for students:
"The possession or use of explosive, incendiary materials or weapons (guns) on University property by students, employees, or visitors is prohibited except for University Police and other certified law enforcement officers."
The University System needs to rethink what is best for students, and what is moral, as not giving someone such as Annie Le a fighting chance is immoral. An observer would think that "great thinkers" such as those running the University would understand this.
They would be wrong.
She apparently needed to carry a heater.
Yale will be a lost cause for the foreseeable future. But a revolver in the purse is the best device a college girl (or any woman) could have! In fact, it’s even more important on the streets of our cities than on some nice Ivy league campus like Yale (with escort and shuttle services) - sadly, it will turn out that this woman was murdered by someone she knew.
Annie was 4'-11". A little hard NOT to be portrayed as a potential victim.
Ummmmm, I am going to class?
God created all men but Colt made them equal.
IMO, a person over the age of 21 should be able to carry a handgun. Period. (I would argue the law should be changed to make it 18 as people can serve in the military at that age, but cannot buy a hangun?!?!)
Yale UNiversity officials share some of the blame for this IMO. Others may disagree, but the 2A was put into place for a reason. Self-defense is a basic human right; one that University officials thought they could trump.
The “powers” at Yale need to have their butts hauled into court on many issues as a result of this violins that they were apparently “unable” to prevent.
In the interests of community, all students need to be designated as such.
At some point, officials will need to be held accountable and also be made to explain precisely why adults cannot freely carry firearms to protect themselves.
“sadly, it will turn out that this woman was murdered by someone she knew.
While I don’t endorse Yale’s policy regarding hand-guns, my guess is that when all the facts are revealed, we’ll learn that in this instance it would not have made a difference. She apparently was murdered and hidden in a high security building rather than mugged on a street. A random stranger who’d gotten access to that building would not have had the motivation to hide the body so well that it remained concealed for days.
I concur she likely knew her killer and likely also may not have been aware she was in danger until too late to use a gun even if she’d had one.
All of the things you list could happen to nearly any gun owner if he or she is jumped out of the blue.
The key is that everyone should be allowed a chance to prepare by carrying a firearm if they so choose.
Annie never had this chance, and IMO, that is a crime.
Her size made the outcome against any aggressor an almost foregone conclusion.
A firearm may have proven to be an equalizer; no way to know for certain of course. But everyone should have the chance to prepare if they choose.
She never had this option because of Yale rules.
We’ll never know now how efficacious a handgun would have been for this woman.
I say no one does; what right does anyone have to tell me I cannot exercise my 2nd Amendment right?
I say no one does. NO ONE.
I agree with you and have all along.
The news today mentioned scratch marks on the potential suspect. If he spent some time attacking her before killing her, I bet she would of traded everything she owned for a gun at that moment.
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