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Looks like there will be some campus protests throughout the US from October 22-27. And it’s about time for students to stand up against the health care crisis, rampant political corruption, the Iraq war, and our disappearing civil rights…
But wait, these protests are of a different order. Looks like this protest is in reaction to legislation that will outlaw students from carrying concealed weapons on campus (this was actually legal?). Jesus Christ! am I living in the twilight zone or what? Below is part of an e-mail message I received this morning.
This message is being sent to offer you information on a nation-wide student protest which will take place the week of October 22-27, 2007 so that you are not unnecessarily alarmed should any of UMW’s students decide to participate.
The “Students for Concealed Carry on Campus” group, which is advocating for concealed carry of handguns on campuses in protest to proposed legislation in many states which will outlaw firearm possession on a campus, is asking students nationwide to join their protest the week of October 22-27, 2007.
The method of protest being advocated is the wearing of an empty firearm holster on campus. There is no legal statute nor University regulation governing the wearing of any empty holster.
I’m not just scared, I’m downright terrified.
I talked to the guys in Ottawa and at any point we are happy to reinstate your Canadian citizenship. Come on back to the country where the most dangerous concealed thing on a college campus are the custard-filled maple donuts from Tim Hortons.
Hmmm, I guess I am going to have to re-think all my Canadian “baiting.” Because such an offer seems appealing to me right about now, unless I can defect back to United Boroughs of NYC –where the US seems somewhat “normal” again.
I wonder how my fellow Canadians would respond if I walked around with an empty holster.
We’d tell you to move to Alberta.
I’m terrified too! I’ll clearly be avoiding college campuses in the future and awaiting the fate of this legislation. Our country gets stranger by the minute.
Jeez Jim, what’s the problem. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Last year there was a bill in the State Legislature that would allow anyone but faculty to carry a concealed weapon on university campuses. Apparently, we didn’t trust faculty to avoid going postal. Strangely enough, the bill didn’t make it to a vote.
Steve, can staff carry the weapons? I’m looking for a loophole … I mean, a friend of mine is.