This week Students for Concealed Carry on Campus is having a nationwide Empty Holster Protest
My girlfriend attends the University of Akron. She said she hasn't seen anyone else wearing an empty holster, but hers has attracted some attention.
She sent me this email this morning
I'm very proud of her. Usually she is very quiet and shy. She didn't want to wear a holster at first.I walked into ASL this morning carrying my holster on my hip. *My friend melissa pointed to the holster and asked what it was. *I just said, "An empty holster" hoping that my*vagueness*would prompt questions, and it did. *Another kid in my class asked me why I was carrying it. *I told him that we are protesting the fact that we can't conceal carry on college campuses. *In light of college shootings it signifies how defenseless we are on our campuses. *By this time I had about six people listening in. *Someone else said that if we didn't have guns, there wouldn't be a problem. *I pulled out the "when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns" argument. *I asked her where she thought criminals got their guns. *Did she believe that they walked into a store and legally purchased and registered them? *(This was the girl that wouldn't listen) *Another girl said "oh, that's a good point. *I never thought of that". *I further stated that in the case of college shootings where there are multiple people killed/injured, everyone is a sitting duck. *If concealed carry was allowed on campuses, there could have been someone there to stop or slow the shooter down. *Melissa said "well, what about the police?" I also stated that police response times average between three to seven minutes. *A lot can happen in that time and that is assuming that the police can get to wherever the shooter may be. *(It was here that I used the example of my family pretending to break in and I called the police. *It took the officer a solid ten minutes to get to my house. *If it had been a true intruder, I would have been dead). *Then the girl who was not listening asked me "Well, if everyone is carrying a gun then when people get angry they're going to pull it out and use it" *I just looked at her and said "Law-abiding citizens who have their licenses are conceal carrying elsewhere now. *These types of things haven't happened. *What makes a college campus any different than another public place?" *She just muttered her "well guns kill people" comment and walked away. *Others were like, "that's cool" and I had one person ask me more. *I gave him the website. * I was so excited! *I hope people ask questions at class tonight.
If your a college student, wear an empty holster this week and spread the word.