Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Colorado Newest State to Permit Concealed Carry On Campus

And Colorado Makes Seven!

Colorado has now joined six other states that allow concealed weapons on a total of 220 college campuses. The Colorado Supreme Court deemed that permitting only law enforcement officers to carry guns on campus was in violation of the state’s concealed carry law and was therefore illegal. The change in the law will apply to all of the state’s public college campuses. Members of the group Students for Concealed Carry are thrilled with the decision. The group criticized the previous ban on guns on campus as unenforceable, claiming it did nothing but encourage psychopaths by making them aware that students will be unarmed and unable to defend themselves. Students for Concealed Carry is a non-partisan group with over 40,000 members who believe that people with concealed weapons permits should have the same rights on campus as off campus.

With this decision, Colorado public college campuses have just become a lot safer for law-abiding students, faculty, and staff, and much less safe for those who might be thinking about committing wholesale massacre of college students, or even victimizing just one. It’s definitely a game-changer for predators who think it’s easy pickins on college campuses. The decision in Colorado is a victory not only for Second Amendment supporters and Colorado citizens who have completed the training certifying them to carry a concealed weapon, but also for the students whose lives might now be saved, either directly or indirectly, as a result.

Students walking around on or near campuses in Colorado were likely considered good targets by muggers and rapists who knew they would probably not be armed. Now, with the change in the law, those who would consider victimizing college students will think twice, knowing that the student might be armed. Imagine a country where we never again have to hear about another tragedy like what happened at Virginia Tech. Imagine what might have happened differently if the young woman who was murdered at Yale a couple of years ago had been carrying a concealed weapon. Her body was found on what was to have been her wedding day. If she’d been armed, she would've had a fighting chance to save her own life.

Other states may soon be following Colorado’s lead. Ohio, for one, is considering revisiting their gun laws after a recent shooting at a high school there. Utah, which already allows concealed carry on campuses, is considering permitting open carry. Additionally, Georgia has filed a bill that would dramatically overhaul that state's gun laws, and one of those changes would allow concealed carry on college campuses.