My Gun Belongs on Campus

Monday, February 07, 2005

Florida law allows me to carry my loaded 9mm semi-automatic almost everywhere, but bars me from carrying onto college campuses. Some states are currently fighting to allow permit-holders to carry guns onto campuses, because such populated areas are always considered possible terrorist targets.

Consider the horrific shooting that took place three years ago at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia. A 42-year-old student from Nigeria went on a killing spree with a handgun, taking the lives of the school's dean, a professor and a fellow student.

The man was finally subdued by other students, but only after they retrieved their own guns from their cars. Had the students been able to conceal their weapons at the time of the shooting, lives could have been saved and the assault could have been prevented.