In the wake of the horrific Ohio State University knife incident that left 11 people injured and the suspect killed, an OSU student organization is taking matters into its own hands— the students' right to self-defense, to be more specific.
Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus, a chapter of the national group, Students for Concealed Carry, posted a public statement on its Facebook page and created an online petition via Change.org asking the Ohio Senate body to revise HB 48.
Why should you lose your right to self defense just because you go to school?
The student group clarifies why it feels the law doesn't go far enough in ensuring protections for those who wish to carry concealed in Ohio universities. It writes,
“...as evidenced by pending litigation brought by Students for Concealed Carry and Ohioans for Concealed Carry against Ohio State University, there is little desire to enact a policy permitting campus carry much less follow current law with respect to possession of firearms on college campuses.”
Members of the Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus are not the only ones who are tired of not being able to defend themselves. In an exclusive interview with Independent Journal Review, third-year OSU law student and former Miss Ohio USA 2014, Madison Gesiotto, had this to say:
“Criminals and terrorists do not respect the law, and they will not follow the law. We need campus carry to protect ourselves and out friends on campus. I am sick of schools serving as victim target zones for these criminals and terrorists. Instead, we should be empowered to protect ourselves and those around us.”
Gesiotto is an avid supporter of President-elect Donald Trump, who has promised to get tough on mass shootings and those who carry them out.Is the answer to bad men with guns good women with guns? In part. Will it work every time? No, but the fact that you can't count on unarmed victims will deter some attackers, and stop others in their tracks.
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