This ditz, Cary Carr, tells the story of how a man was shot by a 15-year-old thief, the victim, licensed to carry a concealed weapon, drew his own gun and shot the fleeing teen in the back and somehwo this doesn’t make her feel any safer. I guess that the fact that a 15-year-old running around her streets with a gun did make her feel safe?
This incident led me to wonder how many more students make the decision to carry weapons and not just guns. What’s really going to stop someone from bringing their weapon on campus? After all, aren’t these students carrying in order to feel protected when walking from classes or activities to their off-campus residencies? That doesn’t make me feel protected.
Dr. Jennifer Wood, associate professor in the department of criminal justice, said that guns only add to the problem and that the answer to safety may lie in Temple’s environmental approach.
“[Carrying guns] is obviously not a solution at all,” Wood said. “If anything it contributes to a climate of fear.”
Well, if the victim used his gun, apparently he didn’t feel safe on campus with good reason. And asking a professor about gun control is like asking a pig about the importance of hygiene. “Doctor” Jennifer Wood would have us all throw open our doors and allow the criminals to take whatever they want…well, except for Dr. Wood’s stuff.
If the criminals are carrying guns, obviously, the law abiding public needs to be similarly armed and trained.
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe improving our relationships with community members won’t solve anything. But I would rather try all my alternatives and put a little faith in my neighborhood before I resort to carrying a lethal weapon. Knowing I possessed the ability to hurt or even kill another individual wouldn’t make me feel any safer.
Yeah, a liberal is just a conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet.
Thanks to ROS for the link.