That’s Right Nate

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Concealed Carry As Much a College Tradition as Bonfires

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I was disheartened to hear that Colorado State University has announced plans to outlaw concealed carry on their campus.   I believe that the blame for this boneheaded decision can clearly be put on nerds.   When our founding fathers added the second amendment to the Constitution they clearly meant concealed weapons as well.  Some of our nation’s universities had been around for over 100 years.   Concealed carry became an instant college fad  although at that time, it usually meant carrying a small tree with you and hiding the gun among its branches or a blunderbuss which could be concealed by a large top hat.

Since then, college has been a time in people’s lives when they learn how to drink and shoot responsibly.   I still remember those days as a freshman at college, drinking cheap beer in the park at 2AM and shooting at road signs as we drove home.  I’m still surprised we made it home alive sometimes, but we all learned from the experience and we grew as people for it.   Card games were always time for firearm hi-jinks.   Inevitably one of us would pull out his gun and accuse one of the other players of cheating.   Tailgating before football games was always announced by firing a couple of warning shots in the air.   Even my college professors used to grade on a nicer curve when they didn’t know who was packing.  I didn’t have a lot of money back then, but I loved my snub-nosed .38 like my best girl.

CSU-Fort Collins Police Chief Wendy Rich-Goldsmith a relative newcomer to the campus, supports the ban, but she is a woman.   Fortunately, a hero has stepped forward to save social life on college campus. Larimer County  Sheriff James Alderden, outraged by the ban, said  he will undermine it in the interest of student safety. “I have told the CSU police chief I will not support this in any way,” Sheriff Alderden explained “If anyone with one of my permits gets arrested for concealed carry at CSU, I will refuse to book that person into my jail. Furthermore, I will show up at court and testify on that person’s behalf, and I will do whatever I can to discourage a conviction. I will not be a party to this very poor decision.”

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Written by thatsrightnate

February 23, 2010 at 9:59 pm

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  1. “I understand that there may be some predijuces among the unelightened and unsophisticated, but really, in my opinion, the social status of those that hold a CCW just went up.” And yes, with folks like me, the SOCIAL status of the CCW holders just went up.But Anonymous 6:27 raised this issue: “The intention of such publications is to threaten CCW holders with the loss of their livelihoods … So if a CCW holder, their spouse, or other loved ones, works for an academic institution, state funded entity, or any other agency or enterprise that frowns on gun ownership, they will face retribution. That’s the purpose of promoting these lists.”Military commander’s use to be able to check the membership lists of Officer’s Clubs and the contribution amounts to the annual Combined Federal Campaign. Both of these practices are now prohibited. An individual does not have a RIGHT to social status. But a individual does have a RIGHT to association (assemble) and speech. Also, an individual does have a right to be ‘secure in their papers and effects against unreasonable searches’ (in this case disclosures by the government of public records they enable an unreasonable search by another person. Because of unreasonable searches into a person’s desire to assemble (or not assemble by NOT joining the O-Club), certain practices relating to protecting a person from employment discrimination have been put into law.Because of unreasonable searches into a person’s lifestyle outside of employment, certain laws are in place to ensure an employee can only be laid off or dismissed from employment based on their work actions. Public access to government controlled CCW records may allow employment discrimination; e.g. an employer/supervisor/co-workers/colleagues can potentially create a hostile work environment, yet not so hostile that the employee can file an official harassment protest. Summary: Please comment on the effect on Livelihood, on WORK status. (There is no right to social status, and I agree with the original Anon that the SOCIAL status issue is a distraction.)NOTE: FYI, in case it matters to fellow readers, I am not the 6:27 Anon. I simply agree

    Alexandra

    May 20, 2012 at 2:19 am


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