When I was a college student in Central Florida, I would go to the mall and local restaurants knowing I was safe and secure with my concealed weapon in my purse. I was content knowing that I had the ability to protect myself against a potential assailant. The state of Florida recognized my right to carry in most public places and gave a license attesting to the fact that I was competent in that regard. The problem was, however, when I stepped onto my college campus, the State of Florida said I was instantly unworthy to carry a weapon. This not only left me vulnerable while on school grounds and in class, but also when I was traveling to and from school. If I were to stop for gas or walk to my car in the parking lot, I was unable to protect myself. As a competent adult female, who was licensed and trusted to carry in Panera, Starbucks, and Subway I was deemed incompetent as soon as I walked across the street and onto the campus. Students attending college, or graduate school spend much of their time on campus. This is the very place students should be allowed to have a weapon to protect themselves.
Recently, the University of Central Florida, the country’s second largest university, was in the news. A former student brought a firearm onto the campus and into the dorm. Interestingly, the University of Central Florida forbids guns on campus. This demented man apparently planned on committing a mass murder, but was thwarted by a former military member who called the police. Instead of going through with the plan, the man decided to kill himself rather than face armed resistance. This policy of banning weapons on the campus of UCF did nothing to stop this maniac from having a gun, but did leave the students, professors, and employees as potential victims. My brother is a law enforcement officer in Central Florida and attends UCF part-time. After this man’s sinister plans were revealed, many of my brother’s fellow students, and even his professor, confided in him how happy they were to have a person with a gun in their class.
Thirteen colleges in the United States comprising over thirty campuses permit concealed carry. Combined, these colleges have allowed concealed carry for a total of one hundred semesters. Since passing these measures, none have had a single incident of gun violence, gun accident or gun theft according to the website, Students for Concealed Carry. It should be noted that the definition of gun violence even includes threats made with a gun and suicides.
Currently, I am a law student at Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg Virginia. On April 1st 2013, Liberty University took a bold and courageous step announcing their new policy to allow all students with valid state and university concealed weapons permits to carry on campus, even inside buildings. Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr., Law School Dean Matthew Staver, and the board of trustees are visionaries who believe in freedom, the Second Amendment, and the right of individuals to protect themselves. The leaders of Liberty University did not cave to the pressure of the left or succumb to the media’s frenzy over recent events, and instead stepped up to provide a realistic and effective policy that will prevent a Virginia Tech style shooting on their campus. Liberty University has put the deranged gunmen of the world on notice. Liberty University will not be an easy target for you. God forbid, but if an incident ever were to occur on our campus, rest assured we will fight and we will protect ourselves. I am very proud to share this news, and very proud of Liberty University’s leaders for taking this principled position. Liberty is a shining example to all other colleges and universities around the country.
I urge you, do not let them talk you into trying to protect yourself with a rape whistle, a call box, security guards, text messages, or even law enforcement to ensure you are safe on campus. As much as law enforcement is dear to my heart, when seconds count they are only minutes away. I urge students around the country to train themselves, to take shooting classes, to become familiar with use of force laws, and to become a responsible gun carrying citizen. And if your college does not allow concealed carry, petition your lawmakers and school officials to change their policy. Question with boldness, the politician with armed personal guards, and the university elitist that tells you that you have no right to self-protection once you walk into the classroom. Students, refuse to be a victim!