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The right of individuals and students to protect themselves
University of Buffalo Spectrum ^ | FEBRUARY 22nd, 2008 | MARK W. WEBB

Posted on 02/23/2008 9:46:19 AM PST by neverdem

In this fair country of ours, it would seem that the majority of the people consider some of our constitutional rights as more important or more sacred than others. For example, no one, except for the die-hard enemies of democracy, would challenge the first amendment rights of citizens to freedom of speech, religion, and the press. On the other hand, a great multitude of individuals and politicians seem to dismiss the Second Amendment, the right of all Americans to keep and bear arms.

Compared to the general public today, our founding fathers felt much differently about this important issue. They understood that people had a right to live, a right to defend their life, and the right to live it as they saw fit. In fact, they felt so strongly about an individual's rights to this that they said, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Even today, I believe many would be hard-pressed to say that an individual is not entitled to such things; so how is it that "we the people" are so lightly surrendering our right to defend our lives?

In the light of such incidents as the recent campus shooting at Northern Illinois University and the Virginia Tech massacre of 2007, people are quick to blame guns and the "obsession" America has with them. Many use such incidents to fuel anti-gun legislation and brainwash and/or force good, law-abiding citizens to relinquish their rights by banning firearms. You may not know it, but there exist a number of so-called "Gun-Free Zones" all across America. These include universities, some government offices, primary and secondary schools, along with many others depending on the state. In fact, you're most likely in a Gun-Free Zone (UB) while you're reading this. These zones force law-abiding citizens, with otherwise completely legitimate and official permits to carry concealed firearms for their protection and the protection of others, to leave their legal weapons at home. You may be inclined to think that this is a good thing: "the fewer guns the better, right?" Well, if you're talking about criminals, yes: the fewer the better - I'm with you; however, if you're talking about law-abiding citizens who know how to handle a gun safely and properly, then absolutely not. "Gun-Free Zones" and related laws DO NOT stop criminals from carrying out their illegal and murderous acts - they only prevent good law-abiding citizens from defending themselves and others. The murderers of Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University, and many others planned to kill the innocent and then themselves; why would they bother obeying a "Gun-Free Zone" if they're already going to commit murder and don't plan on living more than a minute or two past their sickening acts anyway?

In the end we must recognize we cannot stop insane people intent on committing insane actions, no matter what laws or legislation are passed. We see shootings at schools because the politicians and the government have disarmed good citizens, and hence offered up a flock of sheep to the slaughter - a place where the likes of Eric Harris, Cho, and Steven Kazmierczak can kill without worrying whether or not their victims are armed. We may feel safe, but campus police and even the regular police are not everywhere at once, and the casualty rates of such shootings prove this. If lawful students/faculty with proper licensing and training sufficient for everywhere outside such zones, could carry their firearms onto campuses, these shootings would be fewer in number and the number of victims would drastically decrease. We should not wait for these killers to finish their work and commit suicide. We should be defending ourselves in kind. All of us have a right to defend our lives, 24/7 and 365 - regardless of what those in Albany say.

Remember the victims of "Gun-Free Zones" and use your First Amendment Rights to stand up for the Second Amendment. In this "Gun-Free Zone" at the University of Buffalo, it's a big step towards the only defense we have in the face of madmen at the moment of truth.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: academia; banglist; gunfreezone; gunfreezones; highereducation; niu; publiceducation; publicschools; schoolshootings; vatech
Some refreshing common sense from the state of New York!
1 posted on 02/23/2008 9:46:21 AM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
Thanks for the post.

I read an article here recently that implied there are three types of people, sheep, sheepdogs, and wolves. The sheepdogs are the protectors, ie. licensed concealed handgun owners.

I'm one of them and intend to carry it later to a public school gym to watch my son's B-ball game!

2 posted on 02/23/2008 9:57:24 AM PST by PROCON (Dems=You can Fool Some of the People all of the Time--Abraham Lincoln)
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To: neverdem

The proponents of “gun free zones” need to watch a video of a sub-Saharan machete execution. Guns, knives, shivs, clubs, tire-irons. Irrational emotional incompetent ^people^ with weapons kill people.


3 posted on 02/23/2008 9:57:55 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: neverdem

Well, when our kids are old enough to go to college, they WILL have guns. It’s absurd to not be able to protect yourself from these depressed students on or off their meds. I refuse to pick up a child in a BOX from school.


4 posted on 02/23/2008 9:58:47 AM PST by nmh (Mike Huckabee the "religious" humanist that pushes socialism! (Clinton/Carter combo))
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To: PROCON

Deo volente, bro...deo volente.


5 posted on 02/23/2008 9:59:04 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: neverdem
"the Second Amendment, the right of all Americans to keep and bear arms. Compared to the general public today, our founding fathers felt much differently about this important issue."

True. They didn't protect the right for all Americans, for one.

6 posted on 02/23/2008 10:01:33 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: neverdem

“Gun free zones” are baited fields for criminal predators.
It’s like keeping the shepards off the pastures in order to protect the sheep from wolves.Insanity would be an understatement.
I wonder if when a liberal Democrat government finally comes after our armed citizenry,will our soldiers turn their weapons on us—or them?
I guess then we will find out if we are still worthy of the Founding Fathers’ blessings.


7 posted on 02/23/2008 10:04:10 AM PST by Happy Rain
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To: neverdem

Good article.

Liberals believe that in any life and death armed offense the criminal should always have the upper hand and the weapons advantage.


8 posted on 02/23/2008 10:04:22 AM PST by navyguy (Some days you are the pigeon, some days you are the statue.)
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To: neverdem

At this point in time, if one wanted to be paranoid, rather than focusing on Americans obsession with guns, far more likely subjects for inspection are drugs and psychiatrists/psychologists. The former for obvious reasons elaborated on by many, the latter perhaps not so obvious. Various forms of hypnotic suggestion by BDS (made for TV) ‘doctors’ intent on the Brady Act conclusion could be patterning their more suggestive patients to copy-cat Columbine. Thank God I’m not paranoid!


9 posted on 02/23/2008 10:10:08 AM PST by CRBDeuce (an armed society is a polite society)
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To: Happy Rain
...at that time "the Second Amendment, the right of all Chicagoans in the Oval Office to keep and bear arms." will still be the law of the land!
10 posted on 02/23/2008 10:13:21 AM PST by CRBDeuce (an armed society is a polite society)
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To: neverdem

The right to keep and bear arms guarantees a citizen’s ability to retain possession of the rest of his rights.


11 posted on 02/23/2008 10:15:40 AM PST by JamesP81 ("I am against "zero tolerance" policies. It is a crutch for idiots." --FReeper Tenacious 1)
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To: navyguy

Well,it does increase the felon population—a vital liberal Democrat support group.
When both incarcerated and formerly incarcerated criminals are granted unconditional suffrage by the leftist government next year,it will all makes perfect,if heinous,political sense.


12 posted on 02/23/2008 10:16:23 AM PST by Happy Rain
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To: navyguy

“Gun control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound.” — L. Neil Smith


13 posted on 02/23/2008 10:18:16 AM PST by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: neverdem

bump


14 posted on 02/23/2008 10:22:19 AM PST by Christian4Bush (41-David, End Of Watch. Rest in Peace, SWAT Officer Randall Simmons.)
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To: neverdem

15 posted on 02/23/2008 10:24:19 AM PST by Gritty (They had candles, prayers, tears; everything needed except a means to defend themselves-Vanderleun)
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To: neverdem
Some refreshing common sense from the state of New York!

Since the writer is a student at that school, its obvious he is from out of state........ :)

16 posted on 02/23/2008 10:30:00 AM PST by Hot Tabasco ( Donít go messing with Smokey Taylor. He just bought a whole bunch of fresh ammo.)
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To: Recon Dad

Like “man caused global warming” that “theory” is settled science in the fascist fevered minds of the left.
And they still control the mass media—e.g. John McCain.
Ergo,all dissent is not only obtuse denial but dangerous subversion to be brutally crushed!.


17 posted on 02/23/2008 10:32:32 AM PST by Happy Rain
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To: Recon Dad

Bullseye!


18 posted on 02/23/2008 10:35:41 AM PST by navyguy (Some days you are the pigeon, some days you are the statue.)
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To: neverdem

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater … confidence than an armed man.” - Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria in On Crimes and punishment (1764).

“Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property . . . Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.” - Thomas Paine, Thoughts on Defensive War (1775).

“Arms in the hands of individual citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self-defense.” - John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America (1787-1788).

“…The said Constitution be never construed …to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.” - Samuel Adams, during Massachusetts’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution (1788).

And my favorite...

“A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity” Sigmund Freud


19 posted on 02/23/2008 10:41:39 AM PST by rbosque ("An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: neverdem
“Gun-Free Zones Kill Children”

Should be on bumper stickers all over America.

20 posted on 02/23/2008 12:07:51 PM PST by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: NewJerseyJoe

“A gun free zone is a shooting gallery for nuts.”
J O’Mara 2-19-08


21 posted on 02/23/2008 12:40:13 PM PST by Recon Dad (Marine Spec Ops Dad)
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To: neverdem

btrl


22 posted on 02/23/2008 8:39:10 PM PST by monkeycard (There is no such thing as too much ammo.)
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To: NewJerseyJoe
You never need a firearm until you need it BADLYCRIMINALS PREFER UNARMED VICTIMS sticker
23 posted on 02/24/2008 6:59:52 AM PST by FreeKeys ("Once Hillary is elected she will create a new form of secret police."-Dick Morris (her ex-employee))
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To: neverdem

Bump for later reading.


24 posted on 02/24/2008 9:57:52 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Joe Brower

Bang!


25 posted on 02/25/2008 8:22:56 AM PST by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*RWVA)
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