I would like to first and foremost thank the staff of The Mace & Crown for allowing me to write about such a controversial subject as persons affiliated with ODU, who possess Concealed Carry Permits, carrying on campus.
Over the coming weeks, I plan on tendering an intelligent argument that armed students and faculty will improve campus safety and lower the violent crime rate in the surrounding area.
I will be drawing information from many new studies, which have only recently been released, and I will be looking at recent events that have taken place around campus. I will also being looking at the law, which if anything, will suggest that students are sacrificing liberties for an illusion of safety.
I would first like to remark on the current climate of the ‘Campus Carry’ debate at ODU. Per State regulation, schools are afforded that ability to make their own policy regarding weapons on campus, and ODU has opted to make the campus a target rich environment, or “Gun Free Zone.”
In the shadows of recent events, to include three crimes committed with fire arms, two of which resulting in victims being shot in close proximity to campus, I wrote to the president’s office to seek an audience with the Board of Visitors to seek a repeal of the standing weapons policy. I was turned down because the BOV “has no interest in revisiting the issue or hearing further arguments regarding the policy.”
My question is; how many more violent crimes must be committed before the powers that be realize that personal safety and protection comes down to the individual?
It is clear that this debate needs to be revisited. It is clear that ODU and Norfolk police can’t protect us at all times. It is clear that it is up to the student to take charge of their own safety because when seconds count, the police are minutes away.
I welcome and request any comments students may have regarding this issue as to address your concerns. You can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.