A January 19th survey of Ohio colleges and universities found most boards and presidents determined to prohibit guns for self-defense despite a new law allowing concealed carry permit holders to be armed on campus.
Ohio’s campus carries law was signed by Governor John Kasich (R) on December 19th after lawmakers passed the measure following the November 28 knife and car attack against unarmed Ohio State students. The law removes the state’s ban on campus carry, allowing each college and university system to allow or prohibit campus carry as they see fit.
surveyed “every private and two-year college in Northeast Ohio and every public university statewide” and found the “consensus” was that law-abiding students would continue to be disarmed on campus by college and university policies. For example, Kent State University board of trustees chairman Lawrence Pollock said, “The university policy on deadly weapons as approved in September represents the Board’s position on this issue, and we have no plans for further action.”
The policy Pollock references bars law-abiding students from possessing a firearm for self-defense “inside any University building, facility, or vehicle that is owned, operated or leased by the university.” It also bars them “from possessing, storing, or using a deadly weapon while outside on university grounds, that is owned, operated or leased by the university.”
In other words, the Kent State system will continue to maintain a gun-free campus as Virginia Tech University had in place on April 16, 2007, when 32 unarmed innocents were shot to death.
Cuyahoga Community College President Alex Johnson used an email to explain that his college system will retain its gun-free policy as well:
I know this bill has been a topic of discussion at the College, and our faculty has brought various concerns to campus leadership and me for clarification. I have been in close communication with Tri-C Board Chair Victor Ruiz and the other trustees about this matter. Tri-C’s Board of Trustees has no intention of taking action to permit concealed carry in Tri-C facilities.
In other words, Cuyahoga Community College will continue to maintain a gun-free campus like Umpqua Community College had in place on October 1, 2015, when nine unarmed innocents were shot to death. The Ohio University Faculty Senate is urging the trustee executive committee to keep law-abiding students disarmed on their campuses too. The faculty senate submitted a resolution to the committee, saying:
Whereas the full and free discussion of potentially controversial ideas and knowledge is essential to the academic mission of the University; and Whereas the possible presence of concealed weapons in instructional spaces and faculty offices will have a chilling effect on the free exchange of ideas; BE IT RESOLVED that the Faculty Senate urges the Ohio University Board of Trustees to take no action that would allow concealed carry on any of our campuses in order to reaffirm our commitment to a weapon-free campus.
In other words, the Ohio University faculty senate wants to maintain the same kind of gun-free policies that were in place at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012, when a gunman entered the school and had over nine minutes without armed resistance to carry out his wickedness. He was able to kill 26 innocents during that period.
To put it bluntly, this is sheer unadulterated lunacy. Einstein remarked insanity is the idea of doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The ivory towers of the academic world are proving the Einstein observation to be correct once again. Those who are never the targets of deranged lone gunmen are willing to make unarmed targets of those that are.
We are repeatedly told by the Ivory Tower talking heads that there is an epidemic of guns that causes the lone wolf gunman in America today. We are bombarded with the thought that the imagery of macho cowboys and the gun drilled in our little skulls of mush from an early age is at the heart of all the violence out there. That if guys catch feelings and give up the guns, we can live in one great Marxist commune where we love one another.
However, you notice that those in our society that make such significant pronouncements never seem to spend much time with the rest of us? You never see them in the mall, at Wal-Mart or heaven forbid a fast food restaurant. And I bet they even lock their car doors when they leave the safety of their gated communities. Deep down they despise the rest of us and think that even the best of us are not as smart or as good as them. We are the proletarian masses, the great unwashed and we should be grateful we have such saviors.
They have forgotten that America exists as part of a Social Contract. Our government exists at the consent of the governed. We ceded to the state the right to exercise justice on the spot under the agreement that the state enforce such protections. We don’t have showdowns at high noon for the simple fact that we expect law enforcement to enforce the laws we want and need.
If you look to Europe and Australia, they have strict gun laws, but they have police forces that will not hesitate to put the smack down on criminals. The pink knitted hat crowd want us to surrender our guns, but then want to emasculate the police so the state cannot enforce the laws we demand. I call bunk on that,
It is apparent that the state has failed us in the social contract with its citizens. That means that until they can come to grips with lawlessness and crime, that we should have the right to take whatever action we deem necessary to protect our families, our lives and our property.
I say we need to give Ohio State University a new class…Lock and Load 101.
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