Campuses: Disarming the Disabled

by concealed campus on 27 March 2012

It’s amazing the things we take for granted, for instance, the ability to walk, run, or to defend ourselves against acts of violence. I’ve gained an appreciation for these abilities lately. I was in a rock climbing accident three weeks ago and broke my ankle. Since then, I’ve been hobbling around on crutches and I still won’t be able to walk for a few weeks. What does this have to do with concealed carry? Everything.

I still cannot believe some of the responses we’ve had when we ask school officials what to do in the case of an active shooter situation, or otherwise a bad situation where someone wants to physically harm us. We’ve been told to run to one of the “blue phones” on campus to call for help in the case of an emergency or to run from the attacker. But beyond the obvious logical flaw of thinking a criminal is going to wait patiently for you to make your call for help, what about those of us that cannot run?

I cannot run and will not be able to for a while. I cannot effectively defend myself. I can barely get myself a sandwich, much less fight off an attacker! But regardless, I CAN still conceal carry and I CAN still shoot, as I demonstrated at the firing range this last weekend. In the case that someone wanted to harm me, I do have that option to defend myself and I can effectively protect myself everywhere…except on campus.

Criminals are predators and, like predators in the animal kingdom, they attack those that they view as being weak or helpless. Someone limping along on crutches or in a wheel chair is an easy target for a criminal to attack—the person cannot run and they cannot fight back (so the criminal thinks). Concealed carry changes the dynamics of our society, turning it from a Darwinian “survival of the fittest”, to a civilized society where all are equal, even those who are either temporarily or permanently disabled.

Our campuses promote this Darwinian ideology of the strong preying upon the weak, disarming those who have no other means of defending themselves so that criminals naturally have the upper hand. This is completely unacceptable. Those who are disabled deserve a fighting chance and should not be viewed as weak, easy targets by criminals. We should allow concealed carry on campus so that these individuals and all others will be able to effectively defend themselves against criminals. Concealed carry is an equalizer; without it, the predators always win.


Originally posted by Chase Jennings on March 27th, 2012

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