Is NSU truly ‘gun-free’?

JOHN HURT
Opinion Columnist

To say America is a gun culture is an understatement by far. If it goes bang, we love it. If it goes boom, we want it. If it goes pow, we say “wow,” and buy two of them. America is a gun-loving society.

According to a study by Harvard and Northeastern University, there is a ratio of more than one gun for each adult in the U.S.

The Second Amendment says, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Cut and dry. Simple.

Why is this significant to you, the NSU student? That means you, as a citizen of the U.S., have the right to own firearms for protection. That’s it. However, some places are able to further restrict where people can carry guns.

NSU is a gun-free zone, and for the most part, I agree with that. I wish I could carry a firearm on campus, but I understand that if they were to let me, they’d have to let everyone else. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t trust some of you with a spitball gun and a stack of copy paper.

I am, however, irked that NSU hosts Concealed Carry Permit classes on campus. Our university, like I said, is a gun-free zone.

According to our student handbook, “Possession of a firearm, when in violation of state laws, System policy, or university policy, shall be grounds for dismissal from the university.”

To me, a logical person, it’s obvious why we can’t have guns on campus. To NSU’s leaders: how come we’re gun-free until it benefits our wallets? I feel we need to pick one side. Be pro-gun or gun-free. We can’t bend the rules to benefit our checkbook.

Guns have two purposes: one is to protect. The other is harvest food, like delicious white-tailed deer.

Why do I feel everyone, especially students, should carry a firearm for protection? (Trigger warning) Because, to be frank, nothing on Earth says, “Stop raping me!” like a 9mm hollow-point to the chest.

I would much rather see on the news, “NSU girl shoots and kills would-be rapist,” than to see, “NSU girl raped after leaving frat party.”

Our campus is fairly safe, and our police department does a great job keeping it that way, but off campus, it’s not so safe. Don’t go looking for trouble, but if a credible threat to your life comes, remember to shoot center mass; ammo is cheaper than a funeral.

There are other cases as to why you should own a firearm, but the honest truth is that some of those we may never face like an oppressive government. However, if a threat to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness comes, then we should have the ability to end it.

That is our right.

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