As a "returning adult" to college (pursuing an MFA at 44 years of age), and a person who has CC permits for two states (and one pending), I COMPLETELY agree with SCCC, and am a member.
College campuses tend to be much safer than the business or residential districts of most major cities. However, there are MANY "adult students" in college today over the age of 21 who commute, or live off-campus. Many of us have permits. Many of us take night classes, or as graduate students we spend late nights in the library or in labs and studios working on projects. Having to leave our lawfully-carried firearms at home or locked in our cars off campus is not merely an annoyance--it is downright unconstitutional.
My home state does not allow ANY carry or possession on school property, so I can't even legally park my car on-campus when I need to go to classes, meetings, or studio. I must park several blocks away on a public street and secure my firearm in my vehicle. This is dangerous for several reasons. First, I do not have my firearm with me, if I should be accosted going to or from my vehicle. Second, it increased the chances of my firearm being stolen. Vehicle break-ins are common in this city, especially in the areas around campus.
As anyone who has recently been to a university knows, the campuses themselves are often very peaceful, well-lit, and safe, but almost EVERY university in the US is located in the part of it's city where it's surrounded by the most "dicey" neighborhoods of that city. I don't worry much about my safety while on campus. But I do worry when I'm walking to my car late at night, and try to avoid keeping late hours for that very reason. The university I attend is located in a city that has a rapidly rising violent crime problem, including drive-by shootings, drug-related gang violence, and armed robberies. To force me--a mature, law-abiding adult with extensive firearms training and experience--to leave my means of lawful defense locked in my car off campus is bordering on criminal...
The neighborhoods surrounding my campus are some of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods in that city. My stepdaughter attends a college in Baltimore MD, which is surrounded on three sides by neighborhoods with some of the highest crime rates in that city (the forth side borders a river...) Yale University is notorious for being surrounded by crime-ridden neighborhoods. WVU, Pitt, Carnegie Melon, and EVERY university in Richmond VA are all in the most crime-ridden parts of town. To disallow students who are eligible to carry from carrying (or even possessing) self-defense firearms on campus is bordering on criminal, on the parts of the school administrations and the State Legislatures.
Groups like SCCC are working to get these laws changed, but it's an uphill battle. The Brady Campaign always seems to try and present this issue like we want to let ALL college students just carry guns around all the time, and that's not what we want. The TRUTH of the matter is that prohibiting law-abiding adults over 21--who may legally carry just about ANYWHERE ELSE--from discretely carrying while on-campus is irresponsible, unconstitutional, and arbitrary. In the case of states like NC, PA, WV and VA (and many others) which have State Preemption laws for government property, carry prohibitions on college or university campuses is, on it's face, illegal, and violates State law.
But groups like Brady would rather pass and enforce illegal laws that restrict the law-abiding than actually do anything that would allow citizens to do something effective to deter the actions of criminals and madmen. The hands of the Brady's are dripping with the blood of innocent victims of their agenda, and they LIKE it that way. They would rather have MORE defenseless victims blood to dance in when they go begging for donations, than actually empower law-abiding citizens with the ability to END the victimization of innocents...