SGA bill produces smoking gun
You could say guns are what brought me to Liberty. As a senior in high school, I interviewed for a prestigious scholarship at a North Carolina school. The interview went well, and I was confident that my pre-rehearsed answers were impressive. That was until the last panel judge asked me my view on gun control. Needless to say, I didn’t get the scholarship, and I came to Liberty instead.
It wasn’t that I didn’t answer to the judges liking, it was that I froze in the face of something I wasn’t expecting. I would probably react this way if a gunman waved his weapon in my face.
I was raised in the south, therefore it is a requirement that I love guns. I even own my very own .22 caliber rifle, but I wouldn’t bring it to class.
On Dec. 6, 2010, the Liberty University Student Government Association passed legislation that would change current university policy to allow students who are licensed to carry a concealed weapon to carry on campus.
“We use Virginia Tech as our example — if someone is going to bring a gun somewhere (with the intent to use it), no law is going to stop them from using it,” SGA executive secretary Tiffani Orne said. “If someone is going to bring a gun on campus with intent to shoot, they would be more inclined to not do it if they knew others were carrying.”
Virginia state law allows concealed carry on college campuses with the permission from the school administrators.
“(The bill) passed in the Senate with an overwhelming amount of votes, but the opposition is also loud, ” Orne said. “Parents will probably be concerned, students will probably be concerned.”
According to the SGA Concealed Carry Bill, students with concealed carry permits would allow for a greater sense of safety and security around campus because an incident could be deterred without waiting for LUPD.
“If you leave campus, you are surrounded by people with guns all the time, and you don’t know it because Virginia allows it,” Orne said.
Although SGA passed the bill, Liberty administration will still have to approve it before students can carry.
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