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7. Campus carry movement expanding

It warms my heart to see the college/university carry movement expanding to yet another state!
Student Wants Right To Carry Guns On Campus
Aug 26, 2007 11:55 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The new semester brought a new debate to MTSU in Murfreesboro. Gun supporters say college students should be able to carry guns the legal and safe way: with permits and proper training.

"Adults of the age of 21 that can prove to an instructor that they can fire a handgun efficiently and can pass a background check should be allowed to carry a handgun anywhere, not just on campus," said Carroll, self proclaimed gun advocate.

The debate of guns at school was resurrected just in time for the fall semester thanks largely to an MTSU junior, Matthew Hurtt. Hurtt is not even old enough to own a gun.

"The main opposition to my position has been people who've said, 'Well, anybody could get a gun, and then they're going to come on campus, and if they fail a test they're going to shoot the professor. And that sort of argument doesn't advance the debate at all. It's
ignorant," said Hurtt.

Hurtt has a seat on the student government association. He is drafting a resolution to allow Tennessee college students to carry and conceal a weapon on campus, but many freshman shudder at the thought.

"I trust myself with the proper use of a gun. But I'm not sure I would trust someone else my age with the proper with a proper use of the gun," said MTSU freshman Aimee Garcia. [How's that for being a bigot? - PVC]

The shooting earlier this year at Virginia Tech is Matthew Hurtt's sole motivation. He said students should have a way to defend themselves legally.

Currently it is a felony in Tennessee for a student to carry a gun onto a college campus, and Matthew Hurtt's idea has many hurdles to cross: first, his fellow members of SGA; then the president of the university; then state lawmakers.

Utah is the only state that clearly says it is ok for college students to carry and conceal weapons.

MTSU's police chief said statistics support the belief that campuses are safer with gun restrictions. [Where did the police chief get his statistics? It is a felony to carry on a college campus in Tennessee, so his statistics can't include anyone lawfully carrying on campus. - PVC]

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"MTSU Considers Allowing Guns On Campus"

Since the Virginia Tech massacre, there’s been a renewed debate over violence on school campus.

Tennessee state law forbids guns on campuses, but now some students at MTSU want to allow guns on campus, sparking a whole new debate.

One student said, “There’s no reason. It’s ridiculous. I can’t believe someone came up with the debate.†(Don't watch the news much eh??)

Those who support the idea say it’s all about protection.

Mathew Hurtt wants to protect students’ constitutional rights and wants students to be able to protect themselves by allowing them to carry guns on campus.

Hurtt said, “The constitution says it’s the right of the people to bear arms. It shall not be infringed. It doesn’t say except on college campuses. There are no exceptions. People assume it’s going to be like the “wild wild west†if we allow guns, that’s just not the case.â€

He wants MTSU's student government to vote for his proposed legislation.

The gun issue is a line some students say you shouldn't cross.

One student said, “I don’t see how it makes it safer, everyone else having guns. That’s more to the problem. More violence doesn’t make anything but more violence.†(Concealed carry is an act of violence? Bleh, Liberal Arts majors)

Another student said, “You’re supposed to feel safe here. This is supposed to feel safe and learn. We’re not here to defend ourselves.†( :sheep: you look up the word "fool" in the dictionary there will be a picture of this guy)

The MTSU student government will vote on legislation Thursday afternoon.

If the student government votes to allow guns on campus, they'd have to get school administrators on board.

Doctor Gene Fitch says that's unlikely.

Fitch said, “We all want to insure students are as safe as possible. We want to see what the legislation says, but my immediate reaction is not too many administrators will be supportive of it.â€

If there is support within school administration, they'd have to lobby state legislature to change the law.
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