“Concealed carry on college campuses is not illegal in Indiana,” a TTAG reader writes, “it is instead left up to the school to decide.” Purdue University reckons students, faculty and administrators don’t need no stinkin’ guns. “Purdue University strives to provide a safe and secure Campus environment to students, faculty, staff, and visitors,” their website proclaims. “To promote the safety and security of our University community, the University has developed and supports numerous programs and activities relating to crime awareness, crime education, and crime prevention. Additionally, the University’s policies and procedures prohibit . . .
violence in the workplace (policy IV.A.3, Violent Behavior), drugs and alcohol in the workplace and on Campus (Executive Memorandum No. C-44, Alcohol- and Drug-Free Campus and Workplace Policy), and possessing or storing firearms or other weapons in University facilities (policy IV.B.1, Regulations Governing the Use and Assignment of University Facilities). The University also maintains a professionally trained police force at each of its Campuses.
Despite the reassurance of a professionally trained police force, who responded professionally to Purdue University’s on-campus student assassination, our humble correspondent would like to change Purdue’s “gun-free zone” status. To that end, he’s posted a simple petition for redress (below).
Purdue does not get to choose what rights a student has.
– Police officers cannot instantly be there when you need them.
– Purdue should not punish students for doing something legal.
– Individuals are responsible for their own safety.
– If Purdue really considers its students a part of the “Purdue Family” then they should trust their students (like the state of Indiana does) to legally carry firearms.
Click here to sign it (you don’t have to be a Boilermaker or Purdue grad to sign). At the time of writing, only two people have done so.