It’s not as bad as it could be.
Students across the country showed their support of guns on campus by wearing empty holsters earlier this month in an annual event aptly called “The Empty Holster Protest.” About 20 students at East Carolina University joined the movement. It didn’t take hold here at Carolina, but UNC senior Brandon Blalock has participated in years past.
Brandon acquits himself very well.
“It would make me feel safer and a lot of other people feel safer if qualified individuals who had the background and the training and who knew what they were doing and were a good shot to be able to carry concealed.”
Of course, the drunken frat boy with a gun meme rears its ugly head, in this case from the mouth of UNC’s Department of Public Safety spokesman, Randy Young.
“There’s a lot of folks who come here and do a lot of maturing between the ages of 17, 18 and 22. There is some experimentation that goes with that. Alcohol is in the mix. Alcohol and handguns do not mix.”
And a little “Only Ones” posturing
He says the required permit training isn’t enough to qualify someone to handle a high-stress situation with a gunman.
And of course, no story on guns would be complete without a misrepresentation of a proposed gun law, in this case, HB650
Under state law, you have to be 21 and have a thorough background check to get a concealed carry permit.
But a current house bill would loosen those requirements, taking out the provision that a person must be mentally sound and not a felon.
Since what the law actually does is remove the “physical or mental infirmity” part of the law that offers the Sheriff some wiggle room to make adverse judgement against you. The actual standard in Federal Law for gun ownership is “Mentally Incompetent.” As for removing the felon part, if you are a felon, you cannot touch a gun under Federal law. Getting a permit to carry something you can’t own is pretty much not an issue.
The best part of this story is that it was a radio broadcast at UNC’s campus radio. You can listen to the broadcast by clicking here.
Give it a listen. There’s a lot to like, and a lot to criticize. For instance,
But current North Carolina laws prevent Brandon and anyone else from having a gun on university property – permit or not.
Shall we discuss the difference between “prevent” and “prohibit?”
Send them a letter to the editor. Let them know what you think. Be fair, though. They didn’t even have to run the story, and they could have been horribly biased.