I’m given some hope by the story that a group of U of M students are actively working to get the U of M to lift its ban on students exercising their civil liberty and right to defend themselves from the crime that’s endemic in the U of M area:
A string of robberies on the U of M campus late last year escalated on Nov. 11, when the campus went into lockdown because of an attempted robbery at gunpoint, and the suspect got away. A month later, in December 2013 there was another armed robbery on campus.
Predictably, the pro-carry students are smart and well-informed:
U of M freshman William Preachuk believes things could have ended differently if he’d been able to pack heat. “I would believe that I have the right to defend myself; I have the right to protect others as well as myself only if the situation allows it,” William Preachuk said.
Preachuk signed a petition Monday that’ll be sent to the Board of Regents asking to be allowed conceal and carry on campus.
Susan Eckstine with College Republicans is a permit holder and trained in using a gun. “If I was able to carry a firearm here on campus I’d feel a lot safer to protect myself from a life threatening situation,” Eckstine said.
Other students, however, continue to make me worry about the next generation:
“You’re only creating more potential violence by adding more weapons than the other way around,” sophomore Jennifer Lakritz said.
I’m going to assume Ms. Lakritz has been taught that this is a fact, but not taught the almost supernatural research skills that’d show her that that’s a complete lie.
“I feel if you really are afraid for your protection then you should have police officers around instead,” junior Kevin Jacob said.
Mr. Jacob: how do you arrange to have the police “around”, as your personal security detail, if you are genuinely afraid?
How precisely did you manage to pull that off?