This snippet from the League of Women Voters’ “Gun Summit” highlights the inanity of the arguments against campus carry. Paul Rooney, assistant vice president of safety at Valencia College, is against campus carry because . . . wait for it . . . his officers are unarmed. Check out the logic (such as it is) from the video above . . .
The campuses themselves are sterile. I look at it as sterile. The firearms aren’t in the library, the cafeterias and classrooms. And if we start getting calls like Brett mentioned earlier about a student seeing a firearm in the waistband and in the backpack I cannot send an unarmed officer to go investigate that call. Nobody would want to do that. You want to respond to call where you know that the subject may be armed, maybe have a concealed carry permit, maybe an illegal gun?
So if someone opens fire on Valencia’s “sterile” campus the campus police have to call the local police. Which makes Rooney’s men what? Non-responders? As Butch asked Sundance, who ARE these guys? And what gives them the right to infringe on Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms?
OK, Butch didn’t ask that. But we are talking about a college that just opened a School of Public Safety – whose of-age students can’t carry on campus. Can the instructors carry? For students’ safety’s sake, let’s hope so. These “sterile” “gun-free zones” are tempting targets for criminals and crazies. Always have been. Always will be.