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    Small opinion article in college newspaper

    Saw this article in the student newspaper this morning in response to an earlier article and I had to cut it out. Nice to know that there are several more sensible students here at Purdue.

    This is in response to Mr. Williams' letter "ROTC members no less likely to misuse firearms," (Sept. 24). Addressing his main point, to say that an ROTC cadet isn't subject to scrutiny is laughable. I spent four years in ROTC in high school, went to boot camp, received firearms training and conducted night operations with and against marines and national guardsmen. One misstep on anything and the Gunny is on you like white on rice. Actually, if I could only give firearms to one person on campus, it's going to be the guy with military discipline.

    This brings me to the heart of the matter. Mr. Williams says in his letter, "Why in this age of spree killers would we allow students to carry a gun across campus?" I'll tell you why: Against mass murderers, the best defense is not more gun control. Consider the logic in gun control. People can't be trusted with firearms, but they can be trusted to obey the laws against firearms?

    Right ...

    The best defense against a spree killer armed with a glock is carrying a glock yourself. Statistically, using a firearm in self-defense is the safest and most effective means of protecting yourself. That is why Indiana, along with the majority of the states in the Union, allows its citizens to carry firearms with a permit. But here in academia, we still believe that by setting up a "Gun Free Zone," criminals, who act outside of the law, are going to start obeying the law.

    Williams has a point. There is nothing stopping a student from buying a black market assault rifle and going on a rampage. Yet, we won't let licensed, trained individuals protect themselves or others.

    Aaron Reber

    Junior, College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences
    http://www.purdueexponent.org/?modul...&story_id=7924
    And heres the link to Mr. Williams' article that Mr. Reber is responding to.

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    way to go aaron.

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    We need more voices like this...
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    That was an excellant rebuttal.

    from the original letter

    But, what would stop an ROTC student who desired retribution or fame from replacing their blanks or pseudo-rifle with real ones? For that matter, what would prevent any student so inclined to shoot his or her peers from purchasing a uniform from an Army surplus and carrying a loaded rifle across campus, without fear of being stopped by security?
    Answer: Absolutely nothing. No laws, no background checks, no registration or licensing will stop an individual bent on evil from performing evil. The only remedy that works is to allow his potential victims to defend themselves.
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    Is this hard to understand? Then why does it get unintelligible to some people when 5 little words are changed?

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    Someone get a hold of Mr. Reber and offer him a free membership to DefensiveCarry.com

    He would fit in well here.
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    Aaron Reber...
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    ........ well put and IMO (and most of us here) totally indisputable.

    But hey - logic does not count with anti's
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigEFan View Post
    Someone get a hold of Mr. Reber and offer him a free membership to DefensiveCarry.com

    He would fit in well here.
    isnt it free?

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    Mr. Reber makes me proud to say I'm a Boilermaker. When I was at Purdue in the early 70's I used to shoot .22 rifles at the Recreation Center. I wonder if the range is still there?

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    Thanks to young folks like Aaron Reber maybe the tide will turn in this country.
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    RioShooter, there is no longer a range in the Recreation Center. We do have one in the armory that we can shoot .22s at though

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