“On July 1, public universities in Kansas will be required by state law to allow guns in every public building on campus,” kmbc.com reports, ruefully. “Not everyone on the campus is excited about the change. A campus survey shows about 80 percent of KU students don’t like the idea of having guns on campus. ‘It’s not the wild west anymore. It should be a lot safer,’ said Meranda Martinez, a mother of two who is studying to be a counselor. ‘We shouldn’t have to be carrying guns around with us.'”
Note to Ms. Martinez: you don’t have to carry a gun. But you have the right to do so. As does every other American on or in a Kansas state-run university. As of July 1, anyway.
Also note: the right to armed self-defense is a natural right. As such it’s not subject to the democratic process. No matter how many people oppose guns on campus — whether they’re students, journalists or cops — they lack the moral authority to degrade or destroy the right to keep and bear arms.
The right to keep and bear arms is also a civil right, protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. As such, it’s no less important than the right to partake of government services regardless of race.
Yes I’m going there. ‘Cause I bet dollars to donuts there was a time where 80 percent of KU students opposed the admission of black students. (Kansas University didn’t allow black students to complete the school’s medical program for three decades, until 1938.)
One can hope that a Supreme Court dominated by small “c” conservative judges will ignore public support for gun control and restore gun rights in those places where they’ve been curtailed or eliminated (e.g., New Jersey, California, Maryland). Because we don’t live in a democracy. We live in a Constitutional republic. And the U.S. Constitution couldn’t be more clear: the right to keep and bear arms is protected from government infringement, regardless of public opinion. Counselor.