Saturday, February 16, 2008

Is Newsweek Part of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy?

More Guns on Campus? | Newsweek.com I'm a bit confused, I didn't think Newsweek was a running-dog, lackey of the Vast Right-wing Conspiracy in general and the Gun Industry in particular. I must have missed that memo from the VRWC HQ.

Because it seems there is a positive article in Newsweek about concealed carry on college campuses.
The deadly spree was the fifth school shooting this week—and a traumatic reminder that for all the efforts to improve campus security nationwide since the massacre at Virginia Tech last year, students and faculty remain disturbingly vulnerable.
The author talks about Students for Concealed Carry, and how things have worked out in Utah since that state's Supreme Court said campuses cannot exclude concealed carry permit holders.

There is the obligatory quote from the Brady Bunch - all about feelings with no facts. The article, however, follows the Brady quote with some facts.
W. Scott Lewis is a board member and spokesman for Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. Lewis argues that states with the most relaxed concealed-carry laws also happen to be among the safest. He points to Colorado State University, which has allowed concealed weapons on campus for 10 semesters without incident; the same is true for nine state universities in Utah's system, where concealed weapons have been allowed in university classroom buildings since 2006
Licensed permit holders are not the problem. In unsecured locations - locations that lack metal detectors, etc. - the bad guys will just ignore your "no crime allowed" signs and walk right in.
There are reports that the police arrived within two minutes yesterday.
A skilled shooter with a bolt-action hunting rifle or a pump-action shotgun can still fire about one shot a second. So you're talking about firing off a lot of shots in two minutes before police arrive. So basically it boils down to the simple fact that police and security officers can't be everywhere at once. It sounds to me like the police had an amazing response time … But they just simply were not in that classroom when the shooting started, and the only person who really could have mitigated this situation is somebody who was in the classroom when the shooting started.
The facts go a long way to shutting down hysteria, and this article has some facts about who can already buy weapons, who can - in some states - get concealed carry permits. Mentions the massacre at Ludy's Cafeteria in Texas, where a law-abiding gun owner had to watch her parents die, because being law-abiding she had left her gun in her car.

Worth your time. [via NRA-ILA]

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