Letter to MSU about weapons
After the shootings this morning at VT, I'm writing a letter to the president of Michigan State University displaying my concerns. I jotted some stuff down but it's not going to win a pullitzer anytime soon. Any advice or suggestions would be great. Thanks
In light of the recent shooting at Virginia Tech University, I am concerned about the possibility of a shooter on MSU's campus. I do not believe it would be difficult to hide a rather large number of weapons and ammunition on one's person and to come onto campus. I currently have a hockey class and carry a very large bag every day to haul my gear around. I could theoretically hide an arsenal in my bag everyday and never get a second look from anybody.
In the event that this would happen I do not see any way that a student, faculty, or visitor could defend themselves from this attack. I understand in Michigan it is a law for Universities to be pistol free zones. (MCL 28.425.01). However the MSU has gone further under ordinance 18.01 by not allowing any weapon at any time on any campus property. As Universities are weapons free zones if I was going to attack somewhere I would go where I know there are no weapons to attack me. I believe this makes the people on campus very vulnerable in the event of an attack.
If the concealed pistol license law is changed to allow license holders to exercise their right to carry on college campuses I would hope MSU will reevaluate their policy. Currently there are about 135,680 concealed pistol license holders in Michigan. In the time from July 01 2005 to June 30 2006 there were 255 crimes committed in Michigan by concealed pistol license holders while carrying a pistol. That average is .0019. Additionally if one has obtained a concealed pistol license then the University can be sure that person has been fingerprinted, state and FBI background checked, committed no felonies, been confirmed to have mental stability, completed pistol safety training, and has an average crime rate of less than two tenths of one percent. I do not believe the University can be that certain of all those things about the rest of the students, faculty, or guests.