Skip to comments.Let College Students Carry on Campus
Posted on 06/09/2014 5:04:35 AM PDT by Kaslin
Pepper spray, police and cardboard signs failed to prevent the June 5 Seattle Pacific University shooting. Lets stop mass violence on college campuses by defending college students right to carry firearms on campus.
Tragically, this is the third column this year that I must write defending college students natural right to self-defense on campus. In the Seattle Pacific University shooting, four more American youths took unnecessary bullets in a gun free zone.
One student was killed and three were severely wounded when a young man with apparent mental health issues, 26-year-old Aaron R. Ybarra, began firing his shotgun on the Seattle campus in broad daylight. Prior to unleashing such unwarranted violence against innocent strangers, Ybarra exhibited symptoms of mental instability.
Ybarra once made a black pilgrimage to the Denver, CO site of the April 20, 1999 Columbine High School shooting where two student gunmen fatally shot 13 and wounded 21, according to Seattles KIRO 7 News and The Associated Press. Prior to the shooting, Ybarra had also been arrested for non-violent offenses including driving while intoxicated and without insurance. A law enforcement officer told International Business Times that Ybarra was: hell-bent on killing a lot of people.
Ybarras outbreak comes on the heels of a similar rampage by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger near the University of California Santa Barbara.
Most Americans, particularly young Americansthe Millennials who Hillary Clinton is counting on for votes in the 2016 presidential electiondo not know the history of gun free zone legislation. Millennials who voted for Obama in the past two elections (and are slated to vote for Hillary if she runs) do not realize that five of the twelve deadliest mass shootings in American history occurred under the watch of Barack Obama. I tell the little-known history of gun free zones in my new book, Let Me Be Clear, and plant the solution seeds for both preventing mass violence and caring for mentally unstable individuals.
Spend a few minutes surfing news articles online and youll quickly find that we have a crisis of rising violence on college campuses. Not only are tragic shootings taking place in or near gun free zones like the University of California Santa Barbara and Seattle Pacific Universitybut there is an alarming uptick in sexual assault on college campuses.
Young college women are particularly vulnerable, with 1 in 5 college women experiencing a sexual assault. This is why we must advocate for college womens right to carry concealed firearms on campus. Certainly, college men also have a natural right to self-defense. That said, most victims of college rape and sexual assault are female.
The current administrations policies are rendering women increasingly vulnerable to sexual assault on campus. For example, Attorney General Eric Holders Department of Justice took your hard-earned money and awarded the University of New Hampshire with a grant to establish a bystander-awareness program. In other words, Holder authorized plunder to fund a program that teaches young men to stop rape with a motto as cheesy as Stop, drop and roll. A bystander awareness instructor described the motto to TIME: Stop! No! Real men dont take drunk girls upstairs!
How many 20-something college-aged males can you think of who would feel comfortable wandering their dormitory shouting: Dude! Stop! No! Real men dont rape women! I can think of zero.
In addition to college students, professors, staff and visitors should be allowed to carry on campus. Certainly, private universities should have the right to bar firearms on private property. However, there should not be federal mandates barring firearms on college campuses, schools or military bases because every human being and thus every American has a natural right to self-defense. Reason, or natural law tells us so and, in the United States, the Second Amendment affirms this natural right.
I hope that I never have to write another column defending college students natural right to carry on campus. I hope there is never another shooting in a gun free zone or any location for that matter. I suspect, however, that my hope will not be fulfilled. Tomorrow, please join me in tweeting directly @BarackObama with the hashtag #letmebeclear to let our president know we want the federal government to respect our personal freedoms, including the right to self-defense. You may learn more on my Twitter page.
I’m not totally sure this is a hill we want to charge up in defense of the 2nd Amendment. Some other intellectual real estate seems more profitable ..
Well yes. If I have a gun and the perp is on a spree near me, it is incumbent on me to stop him and this goes for any one else who is carrying for protection.
When these murderers are cowards who destroy at night, it becomes impossible to stop them.
Sometimes they are also murderers who also want to die and hope for death by cop-shot.
We all try to do our best. THAT is all we can do.
“Millennials who voted for Obama in the past two elections (and are slated to vote for Hillary if she runs) do not realize that five of the twelve deadliest mass shootings in American history occurred under the watch of Barack Obama... we have a crisis of rising violence on college campuses. Not only are tragic shootings taking place in or near gun free zones like the University of California Santa Barbara and Seattle Pacific Universitybut there is an alarming uptick in sexual assault on college campuses.”
This is the equivalent of trying to save the liberals from themselves.