Friday, October 26, 2007

Carry a gun on campus? You're sick 

Via Best of the Web, the story of students who are walking with empty holsters on campus to protest the prohibition on guns on campus.

"People who would otherwise be able to defend themselves are left defenseless when on campus," said Ethan Bratt, a graduate student wearing an empty holster this week on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.

Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, a group of college students, parents and citizens who organized after the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech University in April, launched the protest.

...Campuses are prime targets for people intent on harming others because laws prohibit concealed weapons there, Bratt said.

But others believe college is no place for firearms.

"You don't like the fact that you can't have a gun on your college campus? Drop out of school," said Peter Hamm, a spokesman for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

I would like to think the market will take care of this; schools willing to treat their students with respect regarding their right to carry a weapon can appeal to those who wish to do so. But campuses have long been hostile to the idea -- particularly the faculty, as I found out some years ago.

As Peter Hamm's response indicates, it doesn't occur to the gun-restricter that he's even violating rights. We've seen that up here, according to Wendy Kaminer.

Want to see other students whose rights are simply assumed not to exist? Come see Indoctrinate U, opening tonight.