Given the following incident, I think the answer as to why his roommates did not renew his lease becomes obvious.
When he came to collect his belongings on Saturday night, the two residents were escorting Simpson out of the house when Simpson grabbed a shotgun, racked it, and pointed it at them. The residents ran to the back of the house and called Pullman Police Department.
I wasn’t kidding when I said this was a lively time of year for little old Pullman. Though this year so far has been considerably more lively on the firearm front than usual. Now I don’t have specifics but I know it’s safe to say that pointing a shotgun at someone is against the law.
I have a feeling there is more behind the scenes here, however the answer is not to the shotgun. Incidents like this though are what our opponents grab and latch onto as a reason why college students should not have firearms. Many students, as well as employees are disarmed by the schools policies yet things like this still occur. Yet this incident occurred only a half mile from the last incident. Not to mention that students have been attacked walking home after class through these neighborhoods. It’s as if all those policies and laws don’t really do anything except prevent responsible law-abiding people from having or carrying arms legally*.
So I would like to stand up, applaud, and thank this moron, James Simpson, for supplying ammunition to the enemy and furthering their goals to keep their honest law-abiding fellow students disarmed to be easy prey.
*After VT, I know for a fact that there was a decent number of people who started carrying against school policy to class. They did so after they discovered there was no real legal bite to the policy. At worst they could be expelled if caught and the individuals felt, “Concealed means Concealed” and if they need it expulsion is the least of their worries at that time.
Doubly interesting is a good chunk of those who carried were engineering students.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.