Old Dominion University (Virginia) is Trying to Ban Guns
"For years, the university had a policy banning students, faculty, staff and guests from carrying firearms. But this summer, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli opined that such policies don't apply to uninvited guests who have a concealed carry permit.
In response, ODU has begun the process of enacting a regulation - which, unlike a policy, has the force of law - that bans any visitor from entering university facilities while armed."
The rest is here: ODU's new gun regulation | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com
I've dropped them an email with my opinions in regard to this regulation, per VCDL (Virginia Citizens Defense League). They provided a canned email for me (below) and I added my own stuff. Feel free to use all or some of it & send your opinions along. Here are the emails VDCL provided: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Concealed handgun permit holders should be able to protect themselves while at ODU, a campus which is in proximity to areas with a higher crime-rate. Permit holders, who must be at least 21-years-old, are among the most law-abiding citizens, believing in law-and-order to the extent that they get the training and pass a background check to get a permit. A citizen who has a drinking or a drug problem, or who has shown himself or herself to be a violent person is not qualified to get a permit.
Permit holders can already carry a handgun virtually everywhere they go, including the General Assembly, banks, restaurants, malls, state and local government buildings, festivals, and libraries. Some states, such as Utah, allow permit holders to carry in universities and have had no negative consequences. Quite the contrary, Utah universities would be a very inhospitable place for criminals to strike.
The police simply cannot be everywhere at once. Even a delay of one or two minutes for a police response could make the difference between life and death for someone. On top of that, a victim getting to a call box or making a call on their cell phone while in the middle of a violent criminal attack is usually impossible.
The University should not be forcing a permit holder to put his or her life on the line simply to get an education and it is wrong of the University to ask them to do so.
I urge the University to allow concealed handgun permit holders to carry a concealed handgun on campus for self-defense.
And I added this in my reply:
In the article you sent me, it says "Public safety is a critical issue on every college campus, including ODU. University and Norfolk police are properly ramping up efforts to safeguard the campus and surroundings."
I would note that although I firmly believe police are certainly for our protection, they are not always present to protect us. It's just impossible for police to be everywhere at once. Allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry firearms in buildings would enable them to protect both themselves and all other citizens present. If you disarm all citizens on ODU, you're making them sitting ducks in the case of a crime. Criminals don't pay any attention to gun rules - they will carry guns wherever they like. My point being, not allowing concealed carry in campus buildings will be making ODU the perfect haven for crime - there will be NO resistance from the citizens on campus.
To site such an issue, Virginia Tech doesn't allow students & staff to carry firearms in the buildings. When Seung-Hui Cho began shooting up the school, nobody could stop him. There weren't enough police and everyone else was completely unarmed & defenseless, including Liviu Librescu (Liviu Librescu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). It took police 6 minutes to respond to the shooting (Virginia Tech massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
Had this professor been carrying a firearm, he could have stopped Cho. Instead, he held the classroom door shut while his students escaped through a window. He died a hero - Virginia Tech massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Gun free zones don't save anybody - they're a haven for criminals to wreak havoc with no resistance.