It’s unfortunate that some groups are rushing to premature judgment and exploiting this unfortunate situation for political gain. Students for Concealed Carry believes it is important to let the authorities complete their investigation, and not rush to judgement before the facts are known.
From an outsider’s perspective, it appears the individual in question was, at a minimum, violating basic rules of firearm safety and engaging in inappropriate and unsafe behavior. If the individual was negligent, he should face appropriate consequences, and we should use this incident as a teachable moment to remind all gun owners to observe the rules of firearms safety.
Concealed carry was never proposed as a failsafe, error-free solution to campus violence. It was proposed as an alternative to the illusion that psychopathic criminals would abide by campus “gun free zone” policies, the illusion that more “no-gun signs” might have prevented any of the two dozen campus shootings in the last decade. Our opponents have argued for years that although “gun free zones” empower criminals by disarming victims, college shootings are too rare to consider any alternatives. Now they are exploiting an isolated incident to return to the failed policies of the past which merely ensure that law abiding citizens are left defenseless on campus.
No one believes in punishing all for the sins of the few. The reality is that over 200 campuses in six states allow campus carry without incident. Some of them have done so for years.
If we confiscated all permits and license over any mistake, we would have no doctors, no nurses, no lawyers, pilots, dentists, detectives, veterinarians, or even drivers left in the country. We don’t eliminate all cars each time someone chooses to drive while drunk; we shouldn’t ban self-defense because one individual chose to be irresponsible with a firearm.
Acting Director of Public Relations
Students for Concealed Carry
Students for Concealed Carry is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprised of over 40,000 supporters which advocates for legal concealed carry on college campuses.