Threat Highlights the Need to Allow Concealed Carry on Campus

by Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus


Michael Newbern

Today, Ohio State University is the subject of a threat of violence on its campus.  Emergency Management sent out a notice stating:

The Ohio State University Police Division has been informed of postings to fantasy, role player game sites which reference a potential public safety threat of violence focused on a ‘cafeteria’ today on ‘The Ohio State University campus.’

The notice goes on to say that university officials consider the threat serious enough to have “extra police and security presence on and around campus dining facilities.”

Several students report seeing an unusual amount of officers present in the Ohio Union and other dining facilities.

Third year Industrial Systems and Engineering student Yaniv Levi expressed concern. “ The notice is reactionary. What if the police had never been tipped off? It’s kinda scary.”

Joe Smith, President of Buckeyes for Concealed Carry asked the same question. “What if the police had not been tipped off? How much carnage would someone playing out a fantasy of violence be able to carry out? How would this be different if students were able to defend themselves?”

Smith points to recent mass shootings and other incidents that did not develop into mass shootings but could have as examples.

“In Aurora, Colorado, someone playing out a fantasy was able to kill twelve and injure fifty-eight before his firearm malfunctioned and he was apprehended leaving the theater.” He continued, “In stark contrast, someone playing out a fantasy in an Oregon Mall was met with armed resistance from a college-aged concealed permit holder and fled to take his own life after killing only two innocent people.”

Smith advocates that students who are able to take ownership for their safety can help save others as well as reduce crime around campus.

“When a gunman or any criminal knows there is a possibility he will face armed resistance, he moves to easier targets,” he said. “It’s time we quit legislating target rich environments on college campuses.”

Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus is the Ohio State University chapter of Students for Concealed Carry, a non-partison, grassroots organization made of up over 40,000 students, faculty, staff, and other concerned citizens across the nation that advocates for legal concealed carry on college campuses.

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