I was thinking about doing this on my campus, but I fear I would be the only one...
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This is my first attempt at a press release, so I'm not quite sure what I'm missing/overboard/covered on with this, but any/all feedback would be appreciated on it. This will be released to all of Ohio's media/newspaper contacts, and should also be published on their syndicates across the country as well. Should help get us on the map a bit better!
Take a look around your local college campuses during the week of October 22nd 2007. A group of students across the nation will be protesting in a slightly unusual way to push for a very serious positive change regarding the safety of students in college. The grassroots organization Students for Concealed Carry on Campus is organizing an empty holster protest for that week to encourage our lawmakers to allow those with a valid license to carry a concealed handgun to also be allowed to do so on campus.
Nearly all of these licensed students are upper classmen of at least 21 years of age who have undergone extensive background checks and training. They also carry nearly everywhere else in the state, from grocery stores to banks. So why arenít they allowed to carry on campus, where they spend a majority of their time?
While college campuses are institutions for higher learning, they are also about maturity and making a better chance for a better life outside of college. Historically speaking, there hasnít been a single no-gun sign, law, or campus policy that has saved a single life. This has been painfully evident at recent events at Virginia Tech and in Delaware University. The Virginia Tech board stated in it's report about the shooting incident that cost 32 innocent lives that it did not recommend any changes in campus policy, essentially guaranteeing another unarmed population that can't defend itself effectively against deadly force.
Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This is all that has been happening recently as knee jerk responses to these tragic losses of life; a push for harsher gun laws. What most people donít realize is that there are over 20,000 gun laws inside of Americaís books. Adding one more wonít change anything, as the definition of criminal is somebody who breaks the law, including murder. Unfortunately not many people have heard of the Appalachia law school incident where two students retrieved their guns and stopped a shooter on campus.
However, a glance to the state of Utah sheds a different light. Colleges by state law must allow licensed students to carry to their classes without punishment in any way, shape, or form. There hasnít been a single act of violence since this has been allowed. Why canít we make every state of our Union like that?
I was thinking about doing this on my campus, but I fear I would be the only one...
Between now and then I would make a point of getting together with the rest of your people and going over how to deal with confrontational anti's. I would not be surprised at all to see the anti's come out of the wood work and try to provoke your people so they can spin your reactions for the media. I could also see the anti's maybe trying to flood security and the local police with anonymous calls about armed people on campus, in the hopes that they will get frustrated and tell you to end it. I would definitely contact the community outreach section of the local police ( if you haven't already) and make sure they are up to speed so they can get the information out to roll calls so all the officers will know whats going on.
The only caveat I might add is private schools in Utah aren't covered by the legislation. I attend a university where firearms are prohibited. Maybe one day things will change...
"You gonna do something about it or just stand there and bleed?" -Wyatt Earp
Are you afraid of being looked at differently by your classmates and teachers? Remember, you are only going to be on that campus for a few years. After that you will be in the real world where concealed carry by most employers is still frowned upon. The same people in school today will be the same ones writing HR policies for corporations tommorrow.
A positive step forward today could make all the difference in the future. It has been proven that the same can be said true of a negative event.
Do it with pride and confidence. It will make a difference. If it only inspires positive curiosity in one individual it can balloon into much, much more.
"A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in ... And how many want out." British Prime Minister Tony Blair
A holster is not a firearm...tell them to stop wetting their pants.
Magazine <> clip - know the difference
martyr is a fancy name for crappy fighter
You have never lived until you have almost died. For those that have fought for it, life has a special flavor the protected will never know
Take a stand for what you believe in, regardless the consequences. That motto's done me well for 23 years so far, and trust me, it has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Change has to start somewhere.
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me--
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
I will be sending a form letter to all campus leaders and posting it on the roster for the protest and on our website so people can send the letter to administration and campus police to make sure nothing goes areye and nobody gets in any trouble for exercising their constitutional rights.
Emphasis on logic and a calm cool level head is paramount, the more emotional and irrational we come off even to the most radical anti, the more we will look like a bunch of knuckle-draggers and it'll be a total flop.
It's been growing over the past few weeks, but I'm still shocked that with an organization that has over 5,000 members less than 400 have signed up for the protest nationally.
One of the members of SCCC wrote a damn amazing press release, and I think we're going to be using this one instead:
On April 16, 2007, twenty-seven students and five faculty members at Virginia Tech lost their lives to a madman who possessed one distinct advantage over his victims—He wasn’t concerned with following the rules. Undeterred by Virginia Tech’s status as a “gun free zone,” this mentally unstable individual carried two handguns onto the university campus and indiscriminately opened fire.
During the week of October 22-26, 2007, college students throughout America will attend classes wearing empty holsters, in protest of state laws and campus policies that stack the odds in favor of armed killers by disarming law abiding citizens who are licensed to carry concealed handguns virtually everywhere else.
In thirty-nine U.S. states, thousands of collegiate students and faculty—age twenty-one and above—are licensed to carry concealed handguns throughout their day-to-day lives. And they do so without incident. However, despite the absence of any compelling evidence that these licensed individuals might pose any more threat to college campuses than they do to office buildings, shopping malls, movie theaters, grocery stores, banks, etc., they are currently prohibited, either by state law or school policy, from carrying their firearms onto most college campuses. On October 22 these students, through their Empty Holster Protest, will ask for a change.
In the last twenty years, the vast majority of the mass shootings in America—from the Texas Luby’s massacre to the Columbine High School massacre—have happened in “gun free zones.” Labeling an area “gun free” may make some people feel safer, but as the shootings at Virginia Tech taught us, feeling safe and being safe are not the same thing.
For over a year, state law in Utah has allowed licensed individuals to carry concealed handguns on college campuses. This has yet to result in a single act of violence. Numerous studies, including studies by John Lott, David Mustard, William Sturdevant, and state justice departments, show that license holders are five times less likely than non-license holders to be arrested for violent crimes. Clearly, license holders pose little threat to college campuses.
While some may argue that guns have no place in institutions of higher learning, the students of the Empty Holster Protest contend that it is the threat of uncontested, execution-style massacre that has no place on America’s college campuses, and these students respectfully ask that steps be taken to take the advantage away from those who seek to harm the innocent.