"Professor Wants Right To Carry"
I wish that I could understand why there is such strong opposition to even professors carrying concealed handguns on university property. This article provides an example of one professor who would be willing to bear the cost of carrying in order to be able to protect others. It also provides no explicit evidence why people should be fearful of him carrying his gun with him.
He said he favors broader legislation allowing those with concealed-handgun permits to carry guns at colleges and other places, including government office buildings, that aren't specifically outlined in the Virginia laws.
Peterson said he would rather see a legislator vote on the matter rather than have an "unelected bureaucrat" make the decision for him.
"The president of the university is unelected," Peterson said. "Why should he be able to override the legislature?"
Peterson said that law-abiding citizens should have the right to defend themselves and, in some cases, help minimize shooting sprees like the one at Virginia Tech.
"It helps defend everybody," Peterson said. "If somebody had been prepared and carrying, this guy wouldn't have been able to go around and kill people after he chained the door."
People with the proper firearms training who get a permit are not the ones who shouldn't be allowed to carry guns, he said.
"I understand that people that aren't around guns are upset about the concept, but people that plan ahead and get the training are less likely to commit a crime," said Peterson.
Thanks very much to Scott Davis for sending this link to me.