Thursday, April 24, 2008

Actual Quote From Class Today

If anyone is unaware, this week is the national "Empty Holster Protest" from Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. This is a protest advocating concealed carry laws on campuses which currently outlaw them, leaving students defenseless in the case of an armed attacker. The campus hierarchy assume that the campus police will be sufficient to eliminate the threat, but on campus here at TTU there are 15 officers for over 9,000 students, and although the campus can call upon city and possibly county law enforcement, incidents at Virginia Tech, Columbine, and other "Gun Free Zones" have shown how "effective" that police presence is.

Aside from the empty holsters, students have been carrying signs which can get the point across. Here is an example of some.

"This is a GUN-FREE ZONE! If you are planning on shooting a bunch of innocent people and then yourself, we're sorry, but that is not allowed here."

"This is a VIOLENCE-FREE ZONE! You cannot be raped, molested, murdered, assaulted, beaten, mugged, shot, strangled, or stabbed on this campus, because IT IS AGAINST THE RULES"

There are others, but nothing comes close to the next quote that was said in a class today.

One of the professors here at Tech is strongly against concealed carry on campus, and one of the students was/is wearing an empty holster.

I'm not sure if it was in relation to the holster, but the teacher asked the person next to him "Do you feel safe sitting next to him?"

Without thinking the other student responded, "I'd feel safer if he was armed."