Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, or SCCC, a national organization with nearly 12,000 members has for the last year been fighting hard to push legislation all over the country that would eliminate this problem. It is an uphill struggle, but with your support, we can see the elimination of college campuses as “Victim Disarmament Zones.” In the state of Utah, the only State that has adopted the policies that allow concealed carry on campus and prevent universities from prohibiting licensed concealed carry, there have been no violent incidents involving licensed individuals since the legislation was passed, and there have been no shootings carried out by psychotic gunmen, thus quelling the argument that college students with guns will turn the campus into the O.K. Corral. As the official campus leader for Troy University of SCCC, it is my hope that students here will become more aware of the fact that, while on campus, no one is here to protect them. Self-defense is your responsibility, and while carrying a concealed firearm is not necessarily the answer for everyone, those of us who do choose to carry should not be forced to disarm simply because we are college students.
The Alabama Senate has recently seen legislation introduced to allow certain students to carry on campus, without fear of academic penalty, as long as they are licensed, pass a gun skills course, and are ROTC members. While this seems to be a step in the right direction, SCCC believes that there is no special “class” of people who deserve the right to defend themselves. ROTC or not, if you are licensed, we believe you should be allowed to carry on campus, much like you are allowed to virtually everywhere else. It is up to you, the student, therefore, to call your state senators and ask them to support a revised version of this bill. ROTC members, like police officers, cannot be everywhere and do not have a constitutional duty to protect you from a murderer (see US Supreme Court Cases South v. Maryland 1856 and Bowers v. DeVito 1982).
Keep your eyes open around campus in the coming weeks, as I will be hanging flyers and giving out handouts about SCCC and concealed carry on campus in general. SCCC is also hosting a Nation Wide silent protest called the Empty Holster Protest during the week of April 21st, an event that you can check out by visiting our site or Facebook group. Any student, professor, or administrator that would like any more information about SCCC can visit our website at http://www.concealedcampus.org,
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. I also encourage those that are interested to join the SCCC-Troy University Facebook group, which will be regularly updated with information about the Empty Holster Protest in April, the status of Alabama legislation on the subject, and any activities that might be planned depending on the show of support we get.