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Dang. Here I was, ready to take the Technician to task for an article last Friday about Hillary Clinton’s first visit to NC (you know, now that she actually has to care about us), when today’s front page brings me this (extraneous line breaks expunged):

Organization advocates for concealed carry on campus

A group of students is working to establish the N.C. State chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, part of a national organization. The group advocates for concealed weapons to be legal for students, faculty and staff who have permits. Ches McDowell, a freshman in political science, is one of the main organizers pushing for this change in policy, which he said he has been thinking about since the shootings at Northern Illinois.

“Because … of the string of shootings and the Appalachian [State University] scare, it just seemed a real necessity,” McDowell said.

McDowell said he doesn’t think the University will go for it though. “[Officials] can’t make a connection that a sign that says ‘no weapons allowed’ is not going to stop people,” he said. “If someone has a gun, nothing is going to stop them.”

According to McDowell, during incidents like the Virginia Tech shootings, if one person other than the shooter had a gun and the shooter started to fire, students with the concealed weapon could have ended it before the shooter got too far. “Gun laws are only respected by law-abiding citizens,” McDowell said.

Tucker said criminals are wise. “The ones who aren’t caught know what they’re doing and know they can hit the college-age population … it’s not like robbing high school students,” he said. The criminals know these students aren’t armed and they can easily take a wallet with credit cards and various other identifications without the students being able to defend themselves.

A prime example, Tucker said, is the armed robberies that happened on campus last month during the daytime. Another point, McDowell said, is the “magical line between Hillsborough Street and the other side of campus.” People walking on the non-campus side of Hillsborough Street can carry concealed weapons if they have permits, but on the campus side, it is not allowed. Director of Campus Police, Tom Younce said the group would be allowed to organize, but the decision is ultimately up to the legislature, as the policy on concealed weapons on campus is a state law, not a University regulation.

Now, since this is actually a fine specimen of student journalism, they found some college kids to object. But this McDowell fellow easily dispatches their arguments, so it’s not worth reprinting.

Now, this article appeared on the front page of the actual paper, with the editorial opposing it appearing in the same place as always, a few pages in. But, interestingly, on the website’s version of the front page (which isn’t archived), the editorial is given second slot and the objective article about concealed carry isn’t even listed.

And, of course, the sycophants in the editorial bureau publish the same drivel as always:

  • “Amatuer” gun users (as opposed to professionals like Police who are immune to this) might shoot a bystander instead of the killer.
  • “Prohibiting firearms in a university setting has nothing to do with our individual liberties or the Second Amendment right to bear arms.” Uh… what?
  • Allowing guns on campus will require (liberal trope alert) a “Dodge City” atmosphere.

Tell me, good editor: would you try to rob or kill another man in Dodge City knowing he was almost certainly packing a Colt Peacemaker? I didn’t think so.

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  1. Hazel
    April 4, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    There’s a facebook group for the NC State chapter if you want to join. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=9893850838&ref=nf
    It was started last week, and as of right now has 228 members, so this generation isn’t completely lost. Have faith.

  2. Hober Short
    April 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    229 members, with me.

    I actually looked around for such an organization about a month ago, when the first letter to the editor in support of concealed carry surfaced. It’s good to see someone less lazy than me decided to do something about it.

  3. Hazel
    April 5, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Yeah, we’ve only just started contacting each other, since there wasn’t a campus leader listed on the main organization’s website for most of the semester. It seems a bit late in the year to start, but I guess it’s better than never.

  1. April 11, 2008 at 6:59 pm

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