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By JIM VERDOLINI
Last week we had another 4 mass shootings in ‘gun free zones’. Let’s look at
this dangerous idea.
All laws, especially laws that affect fundamental Constitutional rights,
should be reviewed for effect. Gun free zones were created to reduce
incidents of violent gun crime. Can anyone say they have? Can anyone think
of a mass shooting NOT in a gun free zone? This stupid and unsuccessful
policy is killing folk all across the country. It is time for the madness to
Modern ‘gun free zones’ arose as a result of a few postal shootings in the
1980’s. Although that law was ineffective, the notion was expanded in the
early 1990’s to include schools, making them today’s free fire zones.
Recently, a new national organization with over 10,000 members has been
lobbying for more safety on campus. Known mostly for “Empty Holster Day”
last October when thousands of students openly wore empty holsters on campus
in protest of their status as walking targets, ‘Students for Concealed Carry
on Campus’, is asking state legislators to sponsor legislation to allow folk
with concealed carry licenses to carry on college campuses. Six states are
considering it. State Senator Curt McKenzie of Nampa is sponsoring
The politically correct nonsense of depriving citizens of a fundamental
right – the right of self defense – under the canard that college students
are drooling fools, too young and foolish to handle responsibility, has to
end. Folk over 18 can vote, sign legal contracts, marry, pay taxes, be
drafted, join the military, and are expected to act like adults under the
law. In Idaho one has to be over 21, older than the average age of the
Greatest Generation when they fought for our freedom in WWII, to get a
concealed carry license yet our legislators and university administrators
treat these adults like gibbering infants whose potty training is in doubt!
College Administrators pretend that allowing responsible carry on campus is
dangerous. They ignore real instances where armed citizens have stopped such
shootings. Since 97, armed administrators or students have stopped at least
three shooting on campus. No shooting has been stopped by political
Perhaps if folk in the Legislature can get past the emotion-laden dross that
passes as argument against such common sense legislation, we can save a few
lives. It is time for the legislature to act, to remind folk that mass
murder on campus can be fought, and that 21 year old college students are
not addle-minded infants.
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