USC Student Calls for Gun Rights on Campus

Undergrad says she doesn't "feel safe on campus."

As a student at USC, I should feel safe on our campus, which is labeled a “gun free zone.” But, when you look at the history and context of mass shootings, most of the worst ones occurred in locations where firearms were banned.

The fact is, I don’t feel safe on campus. Our campus in Columbia is surrounded by rough neighborhoods and crime, and while we have honorable campus security and the Columbia Police to protect us, there is no possible way they can be everywhere at once.

The solution to the series of recent mass shootings is not to make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to purchase guns. The Constitution gives us the right to bear arms, and we must arm people that can make a difference and protect themselves against potential attacks on campus.

A recent bill in Texas known as the “Campus Personal Protection Act” has been signed by more than a dozen state senators. The bill would allow CHL [Concealed Handgun Licensing] to bring their weapons onto campus. Senator Brian Birdwell who sponsored the bill said, “This affords CHL holders, one of the most lawful group of citizens in our state, to be able exercise that 2nd amendment right to go on to the campus of higher learning to be able defend themselvesand protect their right to self-preservation, God forbid, some act of evil be perpetrated.”

Under South Carolina Code of Laws section 16-23-420(a) “It is unlawful for a person to possess a firearm of any kind on any premises or property owned, operated, or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college, other post-secondary institution, or in any publicly owned building, without the express permission of the authorities in charge of the premises or property.”

Unfortunately, laws such as these only make students and teachers more vulnerable. As long as we (law abiding citizens) remain unprotected, we’re even more vulnerable to a potential shooting.

Some SC Republican members have also drafted legislation addressing gun rights. Representative Philip Lowe submitted Bill No. 3160, which would allow public education institution employees to carry weapons on school grounds, only after they obtained a concealed weapons permit.

Representative Lowe sums it up well: “Gun free zones should be eliminated by allowing well trained willing school employees to carry a weapon in defense of our children. National Guardsmen can be teachers, why can’t teachers be guards? If you remove my right to defend myself, then you owe me security.”

Editor's Note: Lauren Luxenburg is Chair of the USC College Republicans.

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Rusty Inman February 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Grow up, son.
Rusty Inman February 21, 2013 at 12:02 AM
I am absolutely not in favor of and not comfortable with the idea of concealed carry in shopping malls, movie theatres, restaurants, bars, etc. And there is nothing in my logic to indicate that I am---you're presumptively looking for a default position where there isn't one. And, before I quoted Martin Luther King, Jr. to justify packing heat as an act of civil disobedience, I might take stanley's advice and "study up" on Dr. King's central theme of non-violent resistance.
stanley seigler February 21, 2013 at 12:19 AM
re: "One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws" nice to hear a MLK thought...now one has to decide which laws are unjust...not a problem in the context of civil rights...do you suggest gun control laws are unjust. also MLK said disobey with non violence (not w/ concealed weapons) as did gandhi... re: i'm willing to bet that all 30k... i'll bet you're right...but to repeat: say 5000 of the 30000+ are armed...and many of the 5000 are to some degree paranoid...what's the odds of some innocent being shot...i'll take an innocent being shot and give 5 to 1 odds...if 10000 armed will give 10 to 1 odds, etc... re: you're comfortable with people legally carrying guns into...where ever apologies if i implied this (dont think i did)...to clarify: i am not comfortable with folks carrying concealed weapons anywhere...it increases (vice reducing) the chance of violence...eg; i know of some who would be serving life sentences for murder vice 5-20 for assault if they had had a gun...road rage, bar fight, incidents. re: "When seconds matter, the police are only minuets away." you dont believe only the armed 5000 (whatever) will be raped or robbed...ie, the unarmed 25000 are still subject to harm by bad actors...ie, subject to police taking minutes vice the seconds a quick draw armed student might prevent a rape... it's doubtful most could react quickly enough to prevent an attack ...as likely, the bad guy would take the concealed weapon...
Jason May 06, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Stanley, you're not going to convince anyone who believes that a CCP is a good thing with your flawed logic. Paranoid? Where are YOUR statistics to back up your claim?? What's good for the goose... "it's doubtful most could react quickly enough to prevent an attack" - this is likely accurate, but in places where concealed carry is an option, the liklihood of a violent crime diminishes. If I were a criminal (and I'm not, nor am I paranoid), I'd think twice and seek out an easier target if I thought the one I'd be accosting could be armed.
stanley seigler May 06, 2013 at 10:14 PM
@Jason yeah...lets return to the wild wild west when everyone carried a gun...there was a lot less violence then! right?...oh but they couldnt carry guns in dodge...gun control enforced by old wyatt... re Paranoid? Where are YOUR statistics to back up your claim?? it was a hypothetical...but bet 5000 outta 30000 not a bad assumption...especially when anti-control folks who put gun mfgs profits over our children's lives...and believe concealed weapons will reduce violence. re: the liklihood of a violent crime diminishes... where are YOUR statics...beck's bs dont count...FYI firearm-related death-rate per 100,000 population in one year USA, 10.20; UK 0.025 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate and A report recently issued by the National Academies Press (an independent organization) has a relevant comparison. For violence (excluding suicide and war) per 100,000 people: United Kingdom -- 1.14 incidents; United States -- 6.47. The U.S. is the most violent country of the 17 developed countries assessed... http://azdailysun.com/news/opinion/mailbag/u-s-still-leads-in-violent-crime/article_cd6b4dde-ff38-5de1-af8a-bdae6fd2561c.html BTW as you know, even street cops in the UK dont carry guns...where the flawed logic...


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