My campus newspaper had a story today on concealed carry on and around campus. The local Fox news station also picked up on it as well.
Students carry concealed weapons in response to U-District crime - The Daily of the University of Washington
UW, Students, Handguns, Assaults, Police - KCPQ
The newspaper was full of pictures of him posing with his Kel-Tec. Notice in the video that one guy loads his gun and then points it right at the guy next to him. It also shows them just tucking their pistols into their waistbands, not using holsters.
While both stories themselves were relatively neutral and unbiased, the guy getting interviewed sure dug a hole.
He formed a Facebook group called "University of Washington Campus Vigilantes,Ē with the intent to patrol the Ave with other students who had also obtained concealed-pistol permits.
Here are some of his quotes:
"I was just kind of sick of it and I watched a lot of movies like Taxi Driver and vigilante movies and I decided why not make a Facebook (group promoting vigilantism)."
"Itís all about taking the law into your own hands."
"I don't know if it's illegal to walk around and be bait. I'm kind of fishing for robbers."
I couldn't help but cringe when I heard this guy talking. His words and actions surely do not speak for me or I'm sure most of you, but this is the guy representing concealed carriers in the newpapers and on the local news. With stories like this, I doubt we're going to be seeing concealed carry on campus anytime soon.