Protests on college campuses just aren’t what they used to be.

Take, for example, this week’s “protest” by the group Students for Concealed Carry on Campus which took the form of students wearing empty gun holsters to class.

A couple of nerdy, wingnut kids wearing empty gun hosters?

Not much of a protest, really.

Sounds more like a new fashion trend for college-age gun enthusiasts.

Like I’ve said before, I’m not totally against carry permits- especially since they require the permit holders to pass a training course and have a background check.

But I do have an issue with the logic that seems to have inspired this “protest”.

This quote from an OSU student is the perfect example:

Mark Noble, a National Rifle Association instructor, said he hated leaving his gun in his car when he took classes at Ohio State.

“Thieves know that if you are a student, then you are not allowed to carry a weapon and so they’ll target you,” said Noble, 31, who graduated in June and is the chairman of the Franklin County Libertarian Party.

“But if they changed the law, then thieves wouldn’t know who is armed and they would move on to other targets.”

See the problem with this?

I do- and I didn’t even take the concealed carry test.

According to Ohio law “deadly force can be used only to prevent serious bodilyharm or death. It can never be used to protect property only.”

You can’t shoot thieves, dumbass. You’d think an NRA Instructor / party chairman would know that.

If someone wants to steal your backpack- or ride away on your friend’s bike- then your gun isn’t going to help you at all.

And if you do shoot at someone to protect your property- then YOU are going to jail, not the guy stealing your books.

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  • Great job picking apart vocabulary. While he may be wrong in thinking that guns will defend him from thieves, you fail to mention any flaw in his logic – primarily because there is none.
    Replace the word “thieves” with “criminals”.

  • CaptObvious

    Yeah, you’re right, his logic is flawed… I mean, thieves never have killed or caused bodily harm to anyone they rob.

  • G Dome

    He should have stated criminals or attackers. In Texas, justifiable deadly force can be used to protect property if it is after dark and if you are in FEAR OF YOUR LIFE. The CASTLE DOCTRINE LAW DOES NOT REQUIRE YOU TO RETREAT.

  • The law in Ohio is clear: You CAN NOT use deadly force to protect your property.

    Like I said- I’m not against concealed carry permits- but if you are going to carry a gun then YOU NEED TO KNOW THE LAW.

    And the law, even in Texas, does not allow you to shoot someone in a public place for stealing your bike or backpack or whatever.

    Castle Doctrine-based laws still don’t give you the right to shoot someone in the middle of campus. They only apply to your home (or maybe your office or car).

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