A cold wind blew through hell yesterday, as nytimes.com published an editorial by pro-campus carry spokeswoman Amanda Collins [above] — albeit accompanied by UT Sociology Professor Javier Ayero’s anti-campus carry screed. Ms. Collins’ testimony is a personal tale of victimization. It goes like this . . .
In college eight years ago, I was raped in a parking garage only feet from the campus police office . . .
At the time of my attack, I had a Nevada concealed carry permit. But in Nevada, permit holders are not allowed to carry firearms on campuses. As someone who obeys the law, I left my firearm at home when I went to school. The law that was meant to safeguard me – the gun-free zone – only guaranteed I would be defenseless.
Eventually the man was caught, tried and convicted – not just for using a gun in gun-free zone, but also for raping two other women and murdering one. My attacker was not a student, nor did he have a concealed-carry weapon permit.
I still wonder what would have been different if I’d had my weapon that night. But here’s the truth: I feel certain that I would have been able to stop the attack. Not only that, but two other rapes would have been prevented and three young lives would have been saved, including my own.
What more is there to say, really? Other than props to the Old Gray Lady for finally publishing the truth about guns.