Concealed Carry on Campus

Both the University of Idaho and Washington State University forbid concealed carry on campus.  Luckily the ban at WSU doesn’t have any teeth in that all they can do is ask you to leave at which point if you refuse you’ll be trespassed.  Students and faculty though can face administrative punishment however.  I do not remember the exact details regarding carry at the University of Idaho.

I bring this up because so often I hear the following phrase, “Why would you need a gun on campus?”  Well maybe you live in the dorms or university housing.  Maybe you have a night class and will have to walk across campus in the dark.  Ultimately though people seem to think that bad things never happen on campus.  Reality always has a habit of showing up though.

Moscow Police arrested a man Sunday for the alleged rape of a University of Idaho student on the Moscow campus.

Nothing says stop faster than a hunk of lead flying at 900 fps.  Bad things happen everywhere, even college campuses.  Even more than that, it isn’t always the random person you don’t know.

“The victim knew the suspect from working with him in Twin Falls at a restaurant, so they were acquainted, but on a friendship level only,” said Chief of Police David Duke.

It’s best that we all remember these things can and do happen.  If you can, support Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, the fight is a significant and real one.  I wore an empty holster on to campus on more than one occasion specifically in support.  The one debate that I saw occur on campus ended squarely in favor for campus carry.

The thing is, at least with WSU, the board of regents will not move to change the administrative code and the only way you can bring about a legal challenge is if they exercise the code against you.  For this reason, many of my friends followed the rule of better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.  Not everyone is so willing to do that though.  Then again, when the building you work in has been attacked by ALF, your desire to survive should they return usually wins.

Though the school would prefer you to be disarmed to be easy prey.  It’s not like it’s their life that’s on the line though.  It’s like the government and politicians only care about criminals, not the law-abiding.

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6 Responses to Concealed Carry on Campus

  1. Just had a young lady, 20, take a class at FPF this past weekend. her school has been sending text alerts on the gang rapes and shootings that have been happening around her campus. No, nothing on the campus itself…yet, but the mile separation from the street and the college isn’t enough to make me feel warm and fuzzy.

    • Barron says:

      *Me starts grinding teeth.* There are times when I wish they just issued hunting permits, especially in the case of the crime you lead off with…

      And there’s currently a frat that is responsible for one at WSU. Of course it’s all under the radar because the school doesn’t want this publicized. Instead I had to find out about it from someone within the greek system. That was the solution for a bunch of pledges to a “virginity” problem.

      Nothing makes me want to go vigilante more than that specific crime, even on a one on one level.

      • MD says:

        Time to publicize it, not the first time they’ve had a serial rapist(s) on campus.

        • Barron says:

          Except as it’s a sexual assault case. A good chunk of the records are sealed from public view.

          Which I support from the victims perspective, but it certainly does make getting traction journalistically a pain in the ass. Especially since the school and the Greek board both are also both avoiding things that could be discovered by public record.

          So in the end there’s nothing to publish because it becomes a story of gossip because there’s no records to cite.

  2. Jake says:

    VCU had another good example of how campuses are not safe. They just had 6 robberies in 1 night, most of them actually on campus. .

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