In the days since the shooting at NIU, several posts have been made directly relating to the issue of gun-free zones or with self defense as a topic. I'm not referring to the news or Op-Ed blogs. I'm talking about blogs of people I either know or feel like I know because I read their postings daily or several times every week.
Speaker Tweaker wrote his blog post before he had even heard of the Illinois shootings. I think the boy must be psychic. Or maybe he's just reached critical mass for sheeple slaughter. And the delusion of safety in "-free" Zones. In his next post he refers his readers to Marko's blog about "Crazy Loners with guns..." Marko expertly explains what both sides of the gun debate will say in the aftermath of this latest batch of school shootings. He then goes on..., just go read it for yourselves.
Breda talks about the conversations and feelings in the Library on a different University campus. And about making sure she's enrolled for a CCW class. You stay SAFE and legal, Breda!
MattG writes about going out, well, go read it. I know he means it. And I'm proud of him for saying it. It's very much what the Fabulous LaPhlegm is illustrating in her post, including video clip. The deadliest weapon is your MIND. [I think I got that from Col. Cooper, but so many have said it. But I think it was in his Principles of Self Defense I first read it.]
So, I won't go over ground they've already covered, much.
I dropped out of gradual school in May 2002, but all those classes were at night. I graduated from UNT in 1986. All those classes WERE daytime classes. My point? All the University shootings I remember hearing about occurred during the day. Is this because it's a more "Target Rich" environment during the day? If I said that it would be a wild assed guess, but I suppose my guess is as good as yours.
Now 22 years ago, when I was an Undergrad and a young [relatively] mother, there weren't weekly school shootings reported in the media. But, looking through my retro-spectroscope [h/t to AD], I will tell you without any reservations whatsoever...had there been the level of violence on and around Campus then that there is now, I'd have been packin'.
I don't give a tinker's damn what the law is/was. I had two young children to finish raising. When I started classes in '81, the Angel Baby Girl was 18 months old and Son was in utero. When I graduated they were 6 and 4. There is no way under Heaven or on Earth that I would have allowed anything to interfere with my responsibilities as a Mother.
You may think that what I just said denigrates my worth as an individual. I beg to differ. My role as a Mother enhanced my worth as an individual. I would have fought to save my life before I was a Mother. Being a Mother, however, sharpened my survival skills and made me LETHAL. I might have allowed an attacker to live if I could escape, before I was a Mother. While I had small children, if I thought I had to KILL to get away safely, I would have, without a nanosecond of hesitation.
Am I advising anyone else to carry in violation of the law or University regulation? No, I am not. I am just sayin' I would break the law if I was a student today. In all likelihood, on a TX campus, there won't be a shooting. I am bettin' on this since I know just because someone is crazy doesn't mean they are stoopid. There are a lot of my fellow Texans who want to be able to shoot back if a crazy person or an evil person opens fire on their class. They are willing to face the fallout, legal and academic, from illegally carrying on campus. I know my thinking is, "At least I'll be ALIVE to face the fallout..."
Except possibly in Austin, and maybe not even there if the shooting was at TU, I doubt you could seat a Grand Jury to indict in such a case. Even if a D.A. was politically suicidal enough to seek and obtain an indictment, it takes one, just one, person on the trial jury who thinks like me to hang a jury.