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Seriously On Campus: UC College Students Wanna Pack Heat

April 15, 2008

Since my hometown is Cincinnati, OH, I pay particular attention to any national news that comes out of the sleepy little city.

Today in the local news, I found that college kids want to start carrying guns as protection. This local on-campus movement is spurred on by Michael Flitcraft. Michael, a 23-year-old sophomore at the University of Cincinnati, is an organizer for the group Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, a grass-roots organization formed after last year’s Virginia Tech massacre. The group claims to have over 25,000 members.

Cincinnati UC Campus Student CNN Pic She So Ghetto

Standing on the Cincinnati campus, Flitcraft calmly explained he is licensed to carry a weapon in Ohio. He wants to carry his gun on campus to defend himself from potential killers, but by law he can’t.

“To me it makes no sense that I can defend myself legally over there,” he said, pointing to the city streets. “But I am a felon if I step on the grass over here.”

For many, allowing college students to carry a gun is a tricky and complex issue.

“I don’t think the answer to bullets flying is to send more bullets flying,” said Gene Ferrara, the police chief at the University of Cincinnati. “My belief is we ought to be focusing on what we do to prevent the shooting from starting.”

Flitcraft and other students across the nation who support gun rights say they won’t give up. Students for Concealed Carry on Campus has established a page on the social network site Facebook. They don’t want all students to be armed; what they’re pushing for is for students 21 and older who are licensed gun owners to have the right to carry guns on campus.

So, what do you think? Should the student body arm themselves with their own protection just in case? Or should they leave it to the “professionals”?

Has leaving it to the professionals actually worked? It’s an age old question. Do we rely on society to protect us or do we protect ourselves?

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  1. Dimensio permalink
    April 16, 2008 12:19 am

    If allowing students who are already licenced by the state to carry concealed deadly weapons to carry such weapons when on college campuses would logicaly lead to increased instances of violence, then opponents of such an allowance can surely cite statistics showing such from states where state-run universities are barred by law from prohibiting the possession of deadly weapons on campus, such as Utah.

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