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Arizona CCW on Campus

Discussion in 'Activism' started by belus, Mar 21, 2008.

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  1. belus

    belus Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Thought you some of you may be interested in reading my letter to the District 17 [Democratic] Senator.

  2. FieroCDSP

    FieroCDSP Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Wooster, Ohio
    Nice letter, Belus. If only there were a few million more of them, we could get campus carry passed in most states. Keep up the good work!!!!
  3. History Prof

    History Prof Member

    May 2, 2006
    Freedom Loving "Red" State
    My letter to State Senator Huppenthal. He is a Republican, but probably the one senator who can stop SB 1214. I cc'd the letter to the senator from my district and my two reps.


    Dear Senator Huppenthal,

    I am a history professor at ***. I am also a holder of an Arizona concealed firearms permit. I am writing to ask you to support SB 1214, which would allow those with concealed weapons permits to carry on Arizona's campuses.

    "Bad guys" who choose to commit acts of violence care nothing for laws that prohibit the carrying of firearms on colleges campuses. The current prohibition means absolutely nothing to someone who would do such a thing. Actually, let me correct that: it means EVERYTHING to them, as they know that law abiding students and faculty, even those of us with CCW permits, will be UNARMED and unable to defend ourselves against an attack.

    At the college where I teach, faculty have been instructed that in the event of an active shooter event, we should lock or barricade the doors. That is all well and good, but in the classroom where I teach, the doors can only be locked from the outside. In order to lock the doors, I would have to leave the classroom, insert the key in the keyhole, turn the key, and then return to the classroom. And then I would have to go to the other side of the classroom and lock the SECOND door in the same manner. Locking my doors would be impossible. Further, my doors open out. Barricading the doors is NOT an option.

    More importantly, my classroom faces the busiest lobby of the busiest classroom building on campus: the place that an active shooter would be MOST LIKELY to begin a shooting spree. There is one other classroom within easy reach of this lobby. That means that if an active shooting did begin in that lobby, there is a 50/50 chance that he, she or they would then move into my classroom, where I can neither lock nor barricade the doors.

    Now, I am not a Rambo. If such a shooting did occur, and SB 1214 were to become law, I would not go out into the lobby and actively pursue the shooter. But if the bill were a law, I would at least be in a position to defend myself and my students in the event that such a shooter were to attempt to enter my classroom.

    HOWEVER, it is more likely that if SB 1214 became law, shooters would AVOID our state's campuses, knowing that faculty and students may be armed and prepared to defend themselves. Thank you for your time and consideration.

    I am, sincerely yours,

    Dr. History Prof
    *****, AZ
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