Guns ARE on campus

But, except in a few places, they are only in the hands of criminals.*

A man was shot several times in the back just before 6 p.m. on a lower level of an underground parking garage in the heart of the University of Maryland, Baltimore and UM Medical Center campus, police said.

The victim, who appeared to be in his mid-40s, is in critical but stable condition at a local hospital, said Detective Kevin Brown, a police spokesman. […]

The garage is open to the public and is commonly used by patients and visitors of the hospital, Fanning said.

Maryland is a “may-issue” state. I don’t know how easy it is for people to get carry permits in MD, but most may-issue states are very restrictive. Either way, it is extremely likely that the university prohibits any form of carry on campus. Like most such gun-free victim disarmament zones, the policy appears to be a dismal failure, and possibly a attractant for predatory criminals.

* I am not counting the police in this statement, not as any disparagement of the police, but because predatory crime almost never happens when the police are actually nearby. Remember, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

[Source: Baltimore Sun article, retrieved 10/18/11]

(h/t TXGunGeek, from a comment at Shall Not Be Questioned)

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