A grad student's self defense concerns. HOT STUFF! (Massad Ayood column)
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Since this is a quote of a quote of a letter, I think the copyright rules are looser, so I've quoted a bit more than I usually do.
Here are the pointed questions a grad student, threatened by animal rights terrorists, asked his state Senator. I believe in campus carry, but after reading this I know WHY I believe.
“I am beat-down and exhausted from expressing my safety concerns and attempting to move through the proper channels. I could count up the e-mails, but there are many. Surely over 50 by now. The vague responses and form replies march on. Meanwhile, those who would harm me continue to flagrantly violate the law, trespassing on campus in spite of repeated warnings.
“Apparently, pieces of paper are not adequate defense against criminal activity.
“To be frank, I’m not sure I’m asking you to DO anything anymore. That has gotten me nowhere. Instead, I’ll ask you the following:
“Why do I, as a law abiding citizen, have less freedom to protect my loved ones than a criminal has to threaten their safety?
“Why do I feel that my compliance with the law is now at odds with the safety of my family? How should I respond to these competing interests? How would you respond, senator, if you were in my situation and had my limited resources?
“What incentive do I have to continue to respect the law and work through the proper channels when it seems that my elected officials cannot even manage to protect a freedom enshrined in the bill of rights?
“Why can I carry a firearm in Wal-Mart, where I can also purchase alcohol, ammunition, and underpants, but I cannot go armed at an institution of higher learning in a workplace occupied predominantly by advanced degree holders?
“Since I can’t go armed on campus, what measures do you propose to keep my family safe? And please don’t suggest law enforcement – (our university police department) has one of the finest response times in the nation, but if you mime a stabbing for two minutes, that comes out to a lot of knife wounds.
“If you could respond to these questions or the sentiment behind them, I’d sure appreciate it.