CU Regents reject responsible and licensed Concealed-Carry, effectively declaring “open season” on students
Last week, two events occurred with significant implications for the safety of students on college campuses, specifically on the various campuses and property of the University of Colorado. First, the CU Regents succeeded in getting a lawsuit, brought by students seeking to responsibly exercise their constitutional rights and secure their own safety, thrown out on a technicality by 4th Judicial District Justice David Miller. Later in the week, at a college campus across the country, students responsibly exercising their rights to bear arms in self-defense demonstrated that the decision (and the position of the CU Regents) was, and is, poor policy – and hazardous to the health of CU students.
This is one of those news stories that would have been splashed all over the national news media for days on end, because so many people would have died–but one student had a gun, so only one of the bad guys died.
Hadn’t heard of it? Not surprising – because it doesn’t fit the “narrative” on guns propagated by the Liberal Establishment Mass Media (LEMMings). The LEMMings don’t want you to know about the thousands of lives saved annually by the defensive use of handguns by responsible individuals – many times without firing a shot, with approximately two million defensive gun uses (DGU’s) per year by law abiding citizens. In this case, shots were fired defensively – killing one of the assailants, and with virtual certainty saving the lives of 10 innocent students:
“Apparently, his intent was to rape and murder us all,” said student Charles Bailey.
Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment… the gunmen started counting bullets. “The other guy asked how many (bullets) he had. He said he had enough,” said Bailey.
CU Regents declare “Open Season” on Colorado students
The stubborn, ideological refusal of the majority of the CU Board of Regents to recognize the constitutional rights of students – and more importantly, to recognize their inherent right of self-defense – is disturbing, even morally repugnant. Those Regents voting to impose this policy – contravening the letter and intent of Colorado’s Concealed Carry Act, C.R.S. § 18-12-214 – are putting political posturing ahead of the safety of students and faculty on CU’s campuses statewide.
The case in Georgia last week is only the most recent of many massacres averted by armed citizens – less than a year and a half ago in Colorado, a massacre-in-the-making was stopped in its tracks by a citizen with a gun at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs; there have been at least three other school shootings stopped by armed students or faculty.
Even the judge dismissing the lawsuit on narrow technical grounds (defining the Board of Regents as a “statewide entity” instead of ”local government”) weighed in on the policy aspects:
In his ruling, Miller noted that “reasonable minds” could certainly differ on the conclusions that the regents reached when they adopted the policy.
He also stated that “any right-thinking person” could not be insensitive to the argument that a well-placed concealed weapon among the student or faculty might have averted some killing sprees on college campuses.
The CU students bringing the lawsuit as Students For Concealed Carry On Campus: John Davis, a UCCS senior who spent 12 years in the military and is a sergeant in the Army Reserves; Eric Mote, an engineer who graduated in May from UCCS; and Martha Altman, a student at CU’s Denver campus, all represented by Jim Manley of the Mountain States Legal Foundation – are exactly the kind of mature, responsible adults that “any right-thinking person” would WANT to be armed in defense of themselves and others.
According to Manley, an appeal is due June 15th and his clients plan to file shortly. Unfortunately, they will be fighting an uphill battle against a biased, Constitution-despising Colorado Supreme Court.
However, the CU Board of Regents doesn’t have to wait for an appeal - the new majority can do the right thing and reverse this policy.
Contact the Regent representing you – and urge them to overturn this policy and restore the right of self-defense to students and faculty at the CU campuses – before the blood of innocents stains their hands.
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