Being pro-gun and being in favor of banning concealed guns from college campuses are not contradictory positions. Unfortunately, a number of gun advocates in VA appear to think so.
A VA group that supports the right to carry concealed handguns on college campuses in Virginia announced that it will be demonstrating on the campus of Virginia Tech Nov. 17.
In response to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s “not sufficient” stance on Virginia Tech’s current policy banning concealed weapons on the Tech campus, the Board of Visitors is expected to consider a regulation effectively banning VA concealed weapons permits on campus. There goes that avenue, Cucci!
The point again is that being pro-gun doesn’t necessitate being pro-concealed handgun in public areas where the majority of inhabitants do not want concealed handguns allowed.
While it should be acknowledged that a democracy is not so much about the rights of a majority, but rather the rights of a minority, those who insist on the right to have concealed handguns on campus go too far.
The argument that allowing concealed handguns on college campuses would somehow negate or decrease the chances of another VA campus killing spree is simply wrong.
For this argument to hold its weight, one would among other things need to assume that all individuals with concealed handgun permits are somehow highly unlikely or incapable of themselves going on a killing spree.
Secondly, one would have to assume that if a violent occurrence were to take place, someone with a concealed handgun would be able to diffuse the situation.
Both of these assumptions are strong leaps of faith.
For my own part, I’ll take my chances without the concealed handguns on campus.