OSU Campus Shooting

Dave Hardy points out the response from their director of public safety. These are the bureaucrats they believe you should rely on for your protection. I went to school in West Philly. The area we were in wasn’t too bad, but outside of University City, things could get dicy. I remember similar advice being doled out by campus security.

I never had any illusions about whether our campus security would protect me — I knew they wouldn’t. During a heated Teamsters strike, I once witnessed a group of Teamsters threatening a driver who tried to run their picket line. He started an altercation with one of the picketers, who then swarmed and surrounded him, and were obviously looking to teach him a lesson. Campus security bravely stayed on their radios until the Philadelphia Police arrived several minutes later to deal with the malfeasance, and haul off several of the union thugs.

I did not carry during my time in college, since I didn’t get an LTC until I was 28. But I do think students who meet the requirements for a state license to carry ought to be able to carry on their campus. I can understand a university’s concern about firearms in dorms, but there are ways we can deal with that problem that don’t have to leave qualified students defenseless, especially on urban campuses surrounded by bad neighborhoods, like the university I attended.

5 thoughts on “OSU Campus Shooting”

  1. I don’t understand why SAF, NRA or someone doesn’t take up this cause – under the Civil Rights Act section 1983:

    Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.

    Since state universities are part of the STATE, and they are depriving people of their rights under a statute, regulation or ordinance, it seems like a slam-dunk. After all, these people are already mature enough to ASK for the CCW, get cleared by the government……

    Why not ask/suggest this to your NRA buddies?

  2. Fighterdoc:

    Once we get 2A incorporation, I think we may see a few of those. Unfortunately, I think you’d end up with a situation similar to what we have in Virginia – they couldn’t prevent anyone not affiliated with the university from carrying on campus, but they could still ban students and employees from possessing firearms on campus using the “Student Code of Conduct” and “Faculty Handbook”, since it would be considered a condition of a voluntary association – i.e., they would have the power to set that as a condition of enrollment/employment. No criminal charges, but you could be expelled or fired.

    That’s how Virginia Tech manages to keep their victims disarmed.

  3. The wording of the statute (regulation or ordinance) would seem to prevent that…..

    Anyway, is there any word on when the USSC may release their judgement? Or will it be the last released this year (like Heller was?)

    1. Given that it is a big case, SCOTUS is likely to hold the decision until near the end. They have several big cases this year, including the Stevens case which has not yet been decided.

  4. McDonald will probably be issued in late June.

    Like Heller, McDonald is a major case, and like Heller, it was argued quite late in the Term, so I don’t expect to see the opinions until the last week or so of the Term (which ends June 28).

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