until the night she did.
In October of 2007, while walking to her car after a night class, [Amanda] Collins was grabbed from behind in a university parking garage less than 300 yards from a campus police office. The school’s “gun-free” designation meant nothing to [name redacted – me], a serial rapist with a gun of his own, who saw Collins as an easy target. “He put a firearm to my temple,” she recounted, “clocked off the safety, and told me not to say anything, before he raped me.”
From the article, it appears that she held a Concealed Carry Permit at the time of the attack. Unfortunately, as a student at the University of Nevada at Reno, she was legally prohibited from carrying her gun while on campus without the permission of the university president – permission which is routinely denied, and was specifically denied to her until after she was attacked and raped.
Even worse, the scum who raped her didn’t stop with her.
Just months later, [rapist] went on to murder 19-year old Brianna Dennison in a case that received widespread national attention. While [rapist] now sits on death row, Collins is convinced the outcome would have been different had she been armed.
“I know, having been the first victim, that Brianna Dennison would still be alive, had I been able to defend myself that night.”
Could she have stopped him? Maybe, maybe not. While a gun is the most effective tool for self-defense, it does not guarantee success – it only increases your chances. But if she had been able to, perhaps Brianna Dennison would never have been attacked and killed.
Ms. Collins had a permit to carry a concealed weapon. That means that she was a law-abiding citizen who had made an extra effort and submitted to a background check and legal process to be able to carry her pistol legally. She is trusted by the state to carry to the grocery store, the bank, while walking through her neighborhood, or nearly anywhere else she might choose to go. So, why not allow her to carry on campus?
Reno police oppose the bill, as does an academic group called the Nevada Faculty Alliance. Dr. Gregory Brown, professor of history at UNLV and vice president of the UNLV Faculty Alliance, points to studies that argue more guns on campus translates into more violence at school.
Nevada State Senator Michael Schneider, D-Las Vegas, fears guns in the hands of students will be disastrous.
“They are not trained professionals,” Schneider said. “By the time any student could get a gun, when they were attacked by someone else with a gun if they went for their gun, it would be a bad outcome.”
All reasons that don’t hold up to the facts. As John Lott notes in this article, at the 70 schools that allow students and faculty with permits to carry guns, “not one has experienced the type of harm predicted by opponents. Not a single permit holder on these campuses has been involved in a firearm accident or crime.”And check out The Armed Citizen (sadly on hiatus at the moment, due to damage from the malicious lawsuit they recently faced) or Jay G’s Dead Goblin Count for examples of people who “are not trained professionals” successfully defending themselves when attacked. Those who would ban guns constantly fall back on discredited claims and false arguments to support their efforts – one would think they don’t have anything else they can use.
Ms. Collins gets it.
“I don’t understand why (the state) trusts good, responsible people to be able to have their firearm across the street, and as soon as they cross an arbitrary line, they somehow lose all reason and ability to be able to be competent with that responsibility. It makes no sense to me at all.”
It doesn’t make sense to you because it just doesn’t make sense, period.
Ending campus gun bans is the only thing that does make sense. There should never be another person placed in Amanda Collins’ position, ever.
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[Source: Fox News story at foxnews.com, retrieved 4/18/11]