Stating the Obvious


scc-logoIt’s nice, every now and then, to see that the entire MSM doesn’t have their craniums heaved up their gun-control colons.  The Las Vegas Review-Journal, for example, isn’t buying the gun-grabber propaganda.  Especially when it comes to the La-LaLand notion of “gun free zones” — a steaming heap of cosmetic placebo that has never saved so much as a single life.  Arming yourself, on the other hand, is the most effective method of keeping yourself and those around you safe.  Period.

But that doesn’t fit the MSM/gun-grabber narrative, does it?  There’s a reason why you’ve never heard about the shooting that happened at the Appalachian School of Law in 2002 (care to guess what it is?)

Law-abiding citizens shouldn’t be defenseless on college campuses


Since the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, in which 32 students and faculty members were killed and an additional 17 were wounded, gun-rights activists have pushed to allow concealed carry on college campuses. Unfortunately, that push has been widely lambasted by the media and ignored by lawmakers and higher education officials — while shootings in gun-free zones continue at schools large and small.

Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature can take a stand on this issue during the 2015 session, with the Review-Journal’s 17th of 25 policy recommendations in 25 days: giving licensed, trained, permitted handgun owners the right to carry concealed weapons on college campuses.

Keeping guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens does not make them safer. A comprehensive 2013 study by Quinnipiac University economist Mark Gius bears out that fact. “The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates,” Mr. Gius wrote in the study, published in the journal Applied Economics Letters. “Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states.”

Bad guys don’t obey gun laws, on college campuses and elsewhere. Lawmakers who oppose campus carry proposals must acknowledge that gun-free zones essentially create defenseless target zones. Considering the president of the United States and college administrators claim there is a sexual assault crisis on college campuses, why would lawmakers deny women the ability to defend themselves?

Giving campus presidents the discretion to determine whether people can carry doesn’t help. They overwhelmingly reject campus concealed carry requests. Patrick Mendez, who last year ran for an Assembly seat, is a trained corrections officer who works as a prison guard. He not only couldn’t carry his weapon on the CSN campus — where he was a student — he couldn’t even securely store it in his vehicle without written permission.

Bad guys need to know that if they plan to inflict carnage on college campuses, someone they confront might be armed. Today, they can be sure no one is armed. As the saying goes, “When seconds count, the police are just minutes away.” Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, R-Las Vegas, proposed a campus carry bill in the 2013 session, but it never received a vote. The Legislature needs to get a similar bill to the floor this session and pass it. And Gov. Sandoval needs to sign it.

Original web source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

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