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GOUtah! Alert #299 – 24 April 2008
Today’s Maxim of Liberty:
"The whole of the Bill (of Rights) is a declaration of the right of
the people at large or considered as individuals.... It establishes
some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently,
no majority has a right to deprive them of."
-- Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN UTAH COUNTY THIS SATURDAY
Would you like to spend 15 minutes spearheading the defense of your
Second-Amendment rights in Utah? If you happen to be a delegate to
the Utah County Republican Convention this Saturday, we could use
your help to hand out one-page flyers for just a few minutes at a
particular time and location. If you’re a delegate and would like to
know more details about this plan, please send an e-mail message to
N. W. Clayton (GOUtah!’s director of Communications) at
firstname.lastname@example.org prior to 7:00 p.m. Friday. Thanks.
VIRGINIA TECH: ONE YEAR LATER
Here’s a great news item about the “empty holster” protests going on
at college and university campuses across the country this week,
including a protest conducted by several dozen students at Virginia
Tech. These protests are being sponsored by Students for Concealed
Carry on Campus ( http://concealedcampus.org ), a national
organization formed a few days after the Virginia Tech massacre last
year. Students with concealed-firearm permits are visibly carrying
empty holsters on campuses nationwide this week. Read more about it
We in Utah are fortunate to have a law that requires all state-owned
elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, vocational schools,
colleges, and universities to allow the carrying of firearms on
campus by concealed-weapon permit-holders (although we’d like to see
the permit requirement be removed). Furthermore, there is no legal
prohibition in our state against concealed carry by permit holders at
private schools. Unfortunately, some private universities in Utah
have policies against this practice. Nonetheless, Utah is, overall,
in much better shape than other states with regard to the carrying of
self-defense weapons on campus.
Progress has been made in other states over the past year, however.
At least one state has passed a law allowing limited concealed carry
on college campuses by military veterans and people who are enlisted
in the National Guard. This law doesn’t go nearly far enough,
obviously, but it’s a small step in the right direction. Other
states are considering laws to allow permit holders to carry on
campus in varying degrees. Most state legislatures, however, remain
reluctant to take the big step that Utah took several years ago when
our current statutes were passed. We Utahns should be proud to be at
the cutting edge of social evolution with respect to protecting the
right to carry self-defense weapons at institutions of higher
learning. The catch. of course, is that the aging ex-hippies running
the University of Utah will continue to pressure the Legislature each
and every year to ban self-defense weapons on campus. All that needs
to happen is for a few key members of the leadership of the State
Legislature to cave in to the U's silly demands one year. So we as
gun owners need to engage in as much political activity as we can to
kick anti-gun legislators out of office (or at least create political
pain for them every time they stab us in the back) and help pro-gun
legislators get re-elected (and, just as importantly, help get them
appointed to leadership positions).
Regarding the Virginia Tech incident, Mark Steyn wrote the following
analysis one year ago. It’s worth re-reading: http://tinyurl.com/
That concludes GOUtah! Alert #299 – 24 April 2008.
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