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Robby Soave at Reason has the story on how one university trampled students’ Constitutional rights, and now they’re fighting back:

Students for Concealed Carry, a gun rights group, is suing Ohio State University for maintaining an illegally broad anti-gun policy that prevents students from carrying guns even when they aren’t on campus property—a violation of state law, according to the group.

State law prohibits students from carrying guns on college campuses. SFCC isn’t fighting that. But the law specifically permits students to bring their guns onto campus as long as they leave them locked in their cars. OSU’s student handbook, however, forbids students from bringing guns onto campus at all, even if the weapons are left behind in locked cars, and even “if otherwise permitted by state law.”

Lawyers representing the two groups, SFCC and Ohioans for Concealed Carry, say public universities can’t trump state law and establish even stricter anti-gun policies.

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A university is under fire for its decision to deny a student the right to form a Second Amendment club on campus.

ECPI University, which is not a traditional university (it has campuses in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina and offers 2- and 4-year degrees as well as online degrees), says it has done nothing wrong, but its decision has prompted a firestorm of controversy.

A local news station interviewed the Virginia Beach student who tried to form the club, as well as campus officials:

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A report put out by a White House task force on sexual assault on campuses, released in April, includes a sensible recommendation that could bridge partisan divides on how to protect students from assailants. But it’s unlikely President Obama or his task force even recognized it – or would embrace it if they understood the implications.

Halfway through the report, the task force recommends “bystander intervention” – teaching those who witness a potential incident “to intervene if someone is at risk of being assaulted.” That’s a variant of the “good Samaritan” policy that some schools already practice, which encourages students to aid in potentially dangerous situations, such as a friend’s intoxication, by granting immunity to the student who reports it.

Colleges can play a crucial role in enabling good Samaritans: They can expand concealed carry on campus.

There’s solid research underlying the safety benefits of a concealed-carry expansion. States with restrictive concealed-carry laws had “gun-related murder rates that were 10 percent higher” than those without, according to a paper published this year in Applied Economics Letters. Additionally, a Secret Service report on school shootings published in 2002 found that about one-third of school-based incidents were ended by school employees or students. Allowing an armed college populace could reduce sexual assaults and other crimes on campus.

Colorado State University’s decision to allow firearms on campus in 2003 provides one example of how concealed carry can transform safety on campus. Students for Concealed Carry, a group that advocates for the policy on college campuses, said the number of sexual assaults on that campus dropped from 40 in 2002 to just two in 2008.

Even critics of concealed carry are hard-pressed to show how it would worsen campus safety. In a column last year for ThinkProgress, a project of the liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund, Tara Culp-Pressler argued that because most assaults occur between two people who know each other, no one is going to shoot their friend. That begs the question: Should a student in that situation just let the assault happen?

Allowing students to carry guns would reduce assaults by both discouraging potential assaults and ending assaults when they occur. An assailant who knows someone is carrying or might be carrying – a potential victim or a bystander — will think twice before trying to assault a student walking back to her apartment late at night, or a student walking to work early in the morning.

An armed bystander who can safely intervene in an attempted assault and, if need be, shoot the assailant so the victim can escape, is a powerful deterrent against sexual assault. If President Obama is sincere about fighting this problem, which is as serious as any facing college students, he should encourage his fellow Democrats at the state level to repeal prohibitions on concealed carry on college campuses.

College Fix contributor Matt Lamb is a student at Loyola University-Chicago.

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Media analyst Mark Dice has once again documented how many young Americans are completely disconnected from reality, capturing California college students signing a fake petition to imprison all legal gun owners in concentration camps and even to have them executed.

“We just want to make sure we disarm the citizens. We can trust the government to be the only ones with guns,” Dice said to students on campus in San Diego, while they unquestioningly signed the petition to “repeal the Second Amendment.”

“These peasants don’t need guns,” Dice stated, adding “we want to put all registered gun owners in prison,” prompting one student to reply “Yes, it’s too dangerous” for people to own guns.

“It’s just a simple repeal of the Second Amendment and we’ll be terminating and executing all of the gun owners,” Dice told another signatory who replied “OK, thank you,” and walked off.

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Via: Drudge


During a recent debate on the Second Amendment, Stanford University law Professor John Donohue said it’s unrealistic to think the U.S. military would ever turn on U.S. citizens, and those who think it’s possible are overimaginative.

“It’s fanciful to think that guns in the hands of citizens acts as a realistic check,” Donohue said about the Second Amendment as a means to resist tyranny, adding: “They’re not really trained to do so. And it’s fanciful to think that the military would ever turn on U.S. citizens.”

The comments were reported on by Devon Zuegel of the Stanford Review, who noted that Donohue is widely known for his criticism of John Lott’s book More Guns, Less Crime.

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A pro-Second Amendment rights group in Florida has sued the University of Florida, contending its campus gun ban is unconstitutional.

“Florida Carry, Inc. has today filed a lawsuit against the University (of) Florida, seeking a permanent injunction to protect the rights of students, faculty, and the public from the university’s illegal and unconstitutional regulations prohibiting firearms and weapons on all university property,” its website states.

“Any public college or university which attempts to restrict the statutory and fundamental right to keep and bear arms in Florida is subject to enforcement actions by organizations such as Florida Carry.”

Florida Carry won a similar case against the University of North Florida in December.

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