Gun-Free Safe Zones are Anything But

Did somebody forget to tell [University of Texas shooter Colton Tooley] the UT campus is a gun-free zone? I have been wracking my brain for the last few weeks trying to figure out how he was able to physically bring a gun onto the campus when the stated policy of the University is that students simply aren’t allowed to have guns.

This is how Phillip Harris begins an op-ed in the student newpaper at UT, The Mercury. Harris goes to explain that it’s time to get real!

How many tragedies have to happen or almost happen, like on the UT campus a few weeks ago, before we wake up and realize that gun-free school zones make absolutely no sense? Never before have I heard such foolish statements as when discussing gun policy on a university campus. Statements so ungrounded in logic as to be absurd.

“I just feel safer on a campus that doesn’t allow guns, I like knowing that the person next to me in class doesn’t have a firearm.” How on earth is this a possibility? We don’t attend a school surrounded by fences and metal detectors. Anybody who pleases can waltz onto campus armed to any degree they choose.

In fact, the only thing that gun-free school zones guarantee is that all of the law-abiding, responsible students at a university, and there are many, won’t have a weapon. The people who break laws are the people we least want to carry a weapon, and those are the only ones who would carry a gun in a gun-free school zone. Besides the Police, who are legally allowed to carry a gun, of course.

Gun control isn’t about guns; it’s about controls. The laws make no sense at all. How quickly could this have ended had even ONE student exercised his rights to self-defense and ended the rampage earlier, even though the only death or casualty in this instance was the shooter himself (he shot himself)?

The purpose of the 2nd Amendment isn’t necessarily about defending ourselves against people like Tooley – though it definitely helps – but against a hypothetically tyrannical government. The military is responsible for the outside threat.

There are always going to be stories here and there about a “legal” concealed handgun carrier using his rights to commit a crime, but that doesn’t mean all gun owners fit this bill. There’s a story in Roanoke, VA about a moron who shot himself in a restaurant. Didn’t hurt anyone. Didn’t damage anything. Yet, a judge thinks he has the authority to confiscate his money, suspend his permit, and take away his gun – a .45-caliber Glock pistol! He suspended a jail sentence.

This is insane! I would fight this to the hilt. What crime was committed here? Last I checked, stupidity wasn’t a crime! Yet…

We need to resist efforts at every opportunity to restrict our freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution, especially the one that most defends the rest!

It’s clear, after several school shootings in the last few years, that gun-free school zones cannot physically or realistically keep students from carrying weapons. It’s nice to pretend that if a University says students can’t have guns, nobody has one, but it isn’t reality. Universities have harsh policies against drug and alcohol possession, but students trample all over these rules on a regular basis.

Getting back to gun-free areas, this just doesn’t make sense. In the past, I have gone into numerous so-called “gun-free” zones with my concealed carry permit and no one ever knew. I didn’t commit any crimes and never once, thankfully, had to use it. But, had something happened in one of those locations, I would have been the only one present to do anything about it. Not because I’m a criminal, but because I refuse to become a victim regardless of where I am. Harris concludes his brilliant and simple piece this way:

The more important conclusion is that simply banning weapons on a campus doesn’t work. There have been enough school shootings to show that no matter how firm a university’s rules are about weapons, no matter how many signs and postings show pictures of guns with a circle around them and a line drawn through them, students still bring guns onto campus and kill other students. New solutions must be discussed. Whether this means concealed carry, more police officers, or preventative measures to help troubled students not resort to violence, something must be done to ensure a safe campus for UTD students.

8 Comments on “Gun-Free Safe Zones are Anything But

  1. I was with you until the Accidental Discharge. I certainly agree with everyone being armed everywhere. [The more people that are educated about, the responsible usage of firearms. The less people get shot.] I certainly, don’t agree, with some fool shooting himself in a public place. Stupidity, is definitely illegal when it’s my family that is catching stray slugs.[or anyone/thing, for that matter] I can’t believe any decent person would dismiss the part about random unpredictable firing, anytime, anywhere. “Oops, I accidentally shot you in the spine.” I can’t think of a place, where that would be acceptable. I imagine the OP, is actually against any form of carry. I hate to dredge an old thread but, this is a top three result of a google search of “anything but guns”. I came here because, my future wife doesn’t share my interest in firearms. So… “one thing led to another”. This is absolutely ridiculous. No wonder, inexperienced people think firearms are evil. I hate to break it to you. But, i have had firearms laying around for many years. Never have I seen any mechanical device, become animate, and go about inflicting any type of action on anything, or anyone, ever.

  2. Statements so ungrounded in logic as to be absurd Anybody who pleases can waltz onto campus armed to any degree they choose The military is responsible for the outside threat New solutions must be discussed Statements so ungrounded in logic as to be absurd. Anybody who pleases can waltz onto campus armed to any degree they choose. The military is responsible for the outside threat. New solutions must be discussed. What is worse this oxymoron of a policy is viewed by less than critical thinking liberal voters as good policy. Indeed soldiers carry weapons in the military and in the current wars. There is a huge push on this campus when I was there from a very silent majority to arm ourselves for protection. It is one of the reason since leaving UTD that I am now a CHL carrier. What is worse this oxymoron of a policy is viewed by less than critical thinking liberal voters as good policy Indeed soldiers carry weapons in the military and in the current wars There is a huge push on this campus when I was there from a very silent majority to arm ourselves for protection It is one of the reason since leaving UTD that I am now a CHL carrier

  3. Small correction (only because I am alumni to UTD), The Mercury is from The University of Texas at Dallas not Austin’s liberal UT. There is a huge push on this campus when I was there from a very silent majority to arm ourselves for protection. It is one of the reason since leaving UTD that I am now a CHL carrier. Go Comets! SWOOSH!

  4. Last year we discussed this very subject with our Freshman Democratic congressman. When we suggested campuses allow CCW permit holders to carry on campus, we got a massive deer-in-the-headlights look. In a raised, are-you-out-of-your-freakin-mind voice, he says “YOU WANT TO PUT A GUN IN THE HANDS OF A 21 year old!?!??!?!”

    Our reply, “Who do you think is fighting your war in Iraq?!?!?”

    He stared at us for a few seconds, then said “Point taken.” with a look of disgust on his face. 🙂

    Of course, that idea never went anywhere.

    • I applaud your efforts but respectfully take issue with your reply. Indeed soldiers carry weapons in the military and in the current wars. It is a much more controled and trained situation then merely passing any 21 year old a pistol.
      I would hope that anyone who has gone so far as to have a CCW permit would have gone through suitable training, but there is no requirement. A similar situation would be the training you get before going behind the wheel of another deadly weapon, a car.
      I look for a commen sense law and the amplitude to enforce it along with a copy of the Constitution.
      NY-David

  5. That’s from the paper of the University of Texas at Dallas, not down in leftist Austin.

  6. This gun free zone has to be the least thought out argument from the far left. What is worse this oxymoron of a policy is viewed by less than critical thinking liberal voters as good policy.

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