Norfolk, VA – Campus Carry – Old Dominion University’s College Republicans’ petition to allow firearms on campus

When have you EVER heard of a criminal seeking to obtain a gun LEGALLY?

The only thing that gun control laws do, is disarm those people that would carry a gun.

This is a country that is using the government authority to disarm it’s citizens and thereby strip them of their Constitutional rights.

Students, legislator push to carry guns on campus:

Posted: Nov 17, 2010 12:59 PM CSTUpdated: Nov 17, 2010 7:00 PM CST

By J. Sebe Dale IV – email

NORFOLK, VA (RNN) – Old Dominion University’s College Republicans’ petition to allow firearms on campus has already received 10 percent of their goal – and they have yet to begin to push the issue.

The group is petitioning the heads of the university to allow students who have  concealed-carry weapons permits, or CCWs, to carry firearms to protect themselves on and around the Norfolk, VA, campus.

More than 1,100 signatures have been collected by the College Republicans, even without any major advertising about their effort.

Enforcing Second Amendment rights on college campuses is not a new idea.

Utah passed legislation in 2004 prohibiting public universities from regulating firearms on their campuses. Most recently, Republican Representative-elect David Simpson pre-filed a similar bill, citing a recent incident at the University of Texas at Austin in which a student fatally shot himself in a library and caused a lockdown at the university.

“We think there needs to be a national dialog between students, faculty, parents and officials to solve this very real problem on our nation’s campuses,” said Rachel Parsons, National Rifle Association spokeswoman.

Peter Hamm, communications director for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, insists the answer to increased gun violence is not more guns.

“We have certain long-running expectations in society and one of them has been you don’t bring guns into schools,” Hamm said.

Parsons argues that when states and colleges refuse to allow concealed-carry permits, criminals are the only ones left with guns.

According to Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, 15 states leave the decision to the university whether to allow students with CCW licenses to carry firearms on campus.

The College Republicans’ petition stems from a rash of recent attacks on students around the urban-centered university, the most recent of which involved a female student robbed at knifepoint.

According to ODU’s newspaper, The Mace and Crown, there were 64 cases of larceny, four robberies and eight cases of assault on the university’s campus in a 30-day window between Aug. 30 and Sept. 29, 2010.

“We have students on campus that say they don’t feel safe,” chairman of the College Republicans, Christopher D’Ambra, said.

Student Government Association President Justin True said the university’s police department had “beefed up” security on campus.

“‘Safety Is a Shared Responsibility’ is the theme that the university is trying to create,” True said.

True explained that the SGA and the ODU Police Department have been conducting safety walks around campus and the surrounding neighborhoods to discover problem areas and raise awareness among students and the surrounding community.

True said a substantial amount of students subscribe to the university’s email alert system used to inform students of dangerous activity on campus.

“There were two weeks where we were getting alerts every couple of days,” said ODU student Darriel Jenkins, 30.

But Jenkins said that the alerts have become less frequent and that he has noticed more police officers patrolling campus at night. He said he believes people should have the right to defend themselves on campus, but that he’s not sure guns are the answer.

“It bothers me in a sense because we have seen students who have a legitimate gun [license] go postal,” Jenkins said.

D’Ambra said that the College Republicans are just trying to bring awareness to ODU President John R. Broderick that not everyone on campus is safe and that something else needs to be done.

Requests for comment from Broderick and Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications Jennifer Mullen were not returned.

The College Republicans will begin to aggressively push their petition on Monday. D’Ambra said the organization has done little to publicize the petition because of their involvement with the midterm election.

Copyright 2010 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

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