January 28, 2008, 11:51 PM
- Because everybody has the right to self defense.
SCCC is happy to announce that we will be performing another national empty holster protest (EHP). The Spring 2008 EHP will be held from April 21st to April 25th. Campus leaders are encouraged to contact the organizers listed at http://concealedcampus.org/contact.htm about other activities to hold on their campus to make the EHP even more successful.
Please sign up at our event page, which can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=7594769834
We should have a press release out shortly, so keep your eyes peeled!!
January 29, 2008, 01:04 AM
ive been waiting for another one of these...
January 29, 2008, 08:55 AM
Hey Mike, this is Jason B. Keep up the good work.
January 29, 2008, 07:37 PM
a group im apart of participated in the empty holster protest, its a great event to do
January 30, 2008, 09:53 PM
Well, we've had the event up for two days - and we've already more than doubled last year's participation. Keep on spreading the word and helping to make this successful!
January 31, 2008, 03:55 PM
SCCC=?? Ill bet some Community College but where?
January 31, 2008, 04:04 PM
SCCC = Students for Concealed Carry on Campus
We're an independent, national, group of students who believe that people who have valid concealed handgun licenses should be able to carry legally on all college campuses.
Last year we had over 125 universities participate - in less than a week we've doubled the number of official participants from last year. Click the link on my signature to learn more about us!
January 31, 2008, 10:47 PM
I hope you give the pres and dean (of all universities involved) a copy of some good reading. Then stop back a week later and discuss it with them-2 or 3 good speakers would be about right.
Copy of John Lotts book might help.
Also point out that 20 or more of the states with "shall issue" thought there would be 'blood in the streets' after CCW passed. We are still waiting-no blood-at least a lot less than in schools/univ as of late.
February 1, 2008, 12:16 AM
We don't have the funds to purchase books and distribute them freely to every dean and president of involved universities. I'd love to, but we can't.
We have a nice FAQ, as well as a list of common arguments against it and the fallacies involved on our website. That will have to suffice and covers most of the points.
February 1, 2008, 01:02 PM
what is the protocal here? should i notify the school and police of my involvment prior to the protest so as to not alarm anyone?
February 1, 2008, 01:09 PM
This is a direct copy/paste from the event page.
Name: Students for Concealed Carry on Campus Empty Holster Protest - Spring 2008
Tagline: Because everybody has the right to self defense.
Host: Students for Concealed Carry on Campus
Type: Causes - Protest
Time and Place
Start Time: Monday, April 21, 2008 at 1:00am
End Time: Friday, April 25, 2008 at 12:55pm
Location: All Institutes of Higher Learning in America
While you may say that you're coming with other facebook events that you really have no intention on attending, please do not say you will attend if you don't plan on participating! The number of participants will be broadcast in a press release and whenever SCCC members talk to the media. It does us no good if 1,000 pledge your participation but only 50 of you ACTUALLY participate! Thanks.
THIS IS PRELIMINARY INFORMATION. MORE DETAILS WILL BE POSTED SOON.
This protest is happening at YOUR campus! We're protesting the fact that people who have valid concealed handgun licenses can not legally carry in nearly every college in the country. The whole gun free zone has already been tried - and it has always failed miserably.
So, during the week of April 21st, join thousands of other college students, staff and faculty members, and community members who believe that valid concealed handgun license holders should be able to carry on college campuses, just like they do in other crowded and peaceful areas without incident - for defense of their own lives.
We will be posting suggestions for making this protest more visible than the last one.
For now, start saving your money for an SCCC T-shirt. If you start right now, you might be able to save the $11-26 by April.
You might even have time to save $5-15 for a holster, as well.
*UPDATE* Check the bottom of the description for a form letter to send to your campus police and administration to make sure there are no issues during this!!!!!!!!
Students who are already concealed carry license holders in many states are forced to disarm when coming to school, even though we are allowed to go nearly anywhere else in the state while armed. We want to extend our ability to protect ourselves and those around us onto campus, where we spend a majority of our time.
Wear an empty holster to class all week to demonstrate that you are just one more trained individual that is forced to disarm, showing that there is one less person to defend yourself and those in your immediate proximity on campus in a worst case scenario.
Even those who do not have a license but support the cause are strongly encouraged to participate. Power in numbers, and a nation of students concerned about their safety is a strong message from a lot of people.
PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE NOT TRYING TO PUT A GUN IN EVERY STUDENT'S HANDS!!! We are simply saying that those who are already legally licensed should have the right to defend themselves where they spend the majority of their time, on campus. Concealed Handgun License holders have a proven track record of being some of the most peaceful members of society, and we've also been cleared of any mental instabilities or dependencies on any drug/alcohol in addition to passing one of the harshest background checks a civilian will ever encounter. WE ARE NOT THE SAME PEOPLE WHO KILL OTHERS, we are people preparing for the worst, with a hope for the best.
This is a NON-VIOLENT protest. A holster has never killed anybody, it is just a holder, much like many people's cell phone holsters. We are simply doing this to show that where ever we are, there would have been at least one person to resist against a murderer, that is all. Yes, we will be taking the proper communication with the respective Universities to make sure that there is no confusion that this is a NON-VIOLENT protest. This is also NOT the place for debate. If you'd like to debate or are interested in learning why we want to carry on campus, feel free to join our group Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. Remember however, you'll be treated just as you treat others.
You don't need to have a concealed handgun license in order to support the fundamental right of CHL holders. You don't even have to own a gun or be old enough to have a CHL. If you believe that the people who go about their daily lives carrying in malls, movie theaters, and supermarkets should enjoy these same rights on college campuses, then please show your support and wear an empty holster.
If anyone needs holsters, please contact any of the administrators of this event, or go to www.concealedcampus.org and contact your local campus leader. Some of us have been shipped empty holsters to hand out for this protest, and are more than willing to ship them where they are needed.
We are also currently working with local gun shops and holster makers to try to arrange for the loaning or discounting of holsters. If this doesn't work out, look at WalMart and Meijer for AirSoft pistol holsters, they go for about $10.
Those interested in shirts can click here to order them (Thanks Scott!):
1. Do not carry ANYTHING in your holster. Some members have suggested the idea of carrying cell phones or other personal items in their holsters, as a way of showing that the holsters themselves are harmless; however, SCCC strongly discourages against doing so. Aside from the fact that a casual observer’s overactive imagination might lead him or her to believe that the item in your holster is actually a gun, carrying something in your holster detracts from the protest’s statement. The point of wearing EMPTY holsters is symbolic, so please don’t confuse the issue by placing anything in your holster.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER SHOULD YOU, AT ANY TIME, PLACE ANYTHING IN YOUR HOLSTER THAT LOOKS EVEN REMOTELY LIKE A FIREARM!
2. If your holster has a top flap designed to cover a pistol, please find a way to pin or tie that flap open so that it is readily apparent that your holster is empty.
3. As long as you’re wearing a holster and/or a ConcealedCampus.com T-shirt, leave your temper at home. Part of the price for standing up for your beliefs is facing ridicule from those who disagree. Remain calm at all times. Act dignified and professional at all times. No matter what anyone says to you, be the bigger person.
4. If, at anytime during the protest, a member of the opposition “crosses the line,” notify the appropriate authorities immediately. Though facing ridicule is part of the price for standing up for your beliefs, giving up your basic human rights is not part of that price. If anyone threatens you with any illegal action (violent or non-violent), IMMEDIATELY notify campus or local police. If a professor suggests that your participation in the protest may somehow negatively affect your grade in his or her class, notify your school administration.
5. No protester should, under any circumstances, wear a holster onto the campus of any high school, junior high, middle school, or elementary school. This protest is about concealed carry by licensed individuals on college campuses. The agenda of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus does not encompass similar issues affecting primary and secondary schools.
6. Use your best judgment at all times. The organizers of this protest cannot foresee every possible scenario. If you encounter a situation for which you are not prepared, think through it, and use your best judgment.
Notification Letter for Campus Administrators and Campus Police:
To Whom It May Concern:
During the week of April 21-25, students on the campus of (NAME OF SCHOOL) will be joining college students across the nation in peacefully protesting against state laws and campus policies which prohibit concealed handgun license holders from carrying their concealed firearms on college campuses. We believe that licensed individuals legally permitted to carry concealed handguns virtually everywhere else in the state of (NAME OF STATE WHERE SCHOOL IS LOCATED), from office buildings to movie theaters, should be allowed the same measure of personal security on college campuses.
This will be a peaceful protest. The nature of the protest will be limited to students wearing T-shirts and EMPTY holsters. The significance of the empty holsters is to symbolize that students, faculty, and guests are left defenseless on college campuses; therefore, no protestor will carry anything resembling a firearm in his or her holster. Protestors will not carry signs or banners, and nobody will make any attempt to disturb the peace. Protestors will simply go about their daily routines while wearing holsters which, in both appearance and function, differ only slightly from cell phone holsters.
You may learn more about this protest by visiting www.ConcealedCampus.com. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your time.
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February 6, 2008, 08:01 AM
I'll be doing it... probably not for very long.
Military college=uniform=no "freedom" to modify said uniform for protests. So basically it'll have to be until the first person who outranks me says "hey, that's jacked up".
February 7, 2008, 02:42 AM
You guys are doing great work. I watched a couple of the interview videos on your site, and you're doing a great job of getting your very reasonable point across clearly, even in the face of unfair questions and obviously biased interviewers. I guess there is no need for the empty holster protest at the U of Utah at least.
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