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After Terrorist Attack, OSU Students Want The Right to Carry On Campus

In the wake of the hor­rif­ic Ohio State Uni­ver­si­ty knife inci­dent that left 11 peo­ple injured and the sus­pect killed, an OSU stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion is tak­ing mat­ters into its own hands— the stu­dents’ right to self-defense, to be more spe­cif­ic.

Image Credit: Students for Concealed Carry
Image Cred­it: Stu­dents for Con­cealed Car­ry

Buck­eyes for Con­cealed Car­ry on Cam­pus, a chap­ter of the nation­al group, Stu­dents for Con­cealed Car­ry, post­ed a pub­lic state­ment on its Face­book page and cre­at­ed an online peti­tion via ask­ing the Ohio Sen­ate body to revise HB 48.

The law cur­rent­ly allows cam­pus car­ry in Ohio, but del­e­gates that deci­sion to each indi­vid­ual school and reduces the penal­ty of hav­ing a gun on cam­pus from a felony to a mis­de­meanor. Unlike the Texas ver­sion of “cam­pus car­ry,” Ohio State Uni­ver­si­ty was allowed to opt out of let­ting per­mit hold­ers to car­ry firearms on cam­pus.

In the peti­tion, Buck­eyes for Con­cealed Car­ry on Cam­pus, asks for sup­port in revis­ing the bill passed in 2013.

I implore you to con­sid­er amend­ing House Bill 48 to allow licensed cam­pus con­cealed car­ry and remove the uni­ver­si­ty cam­pus car­ry opt-in clause retain­ing the author­i­ty to reg­u­late cam­pus car­ry in the gen­er­al assem­bly.”

The Gov­ern­ment Over­sight and Reform com­mit­tee of the Ohio Sen­ate heard pub­lic tes­ti­mo­ny from the com­mu­ni­ty on the House Bill 48 Tues­day morn­ing and will con­tin­ue on Wednes­day, Novem­ber 30th. Coin­ci­den­tal­ly, the hear­ings were already sched­uled before the OSU inci­dent occurred.

The stu­dent group clar­i­fies why it feels the law doesn’t go far enough in ensur­ing pro­tec­tions for those who wish to car­ry con­cealed in Ohio uni­ver­si­ties. It writes,

…as evi­denced by pend­ing lit­i­ga­tion brought by Stu­dents for Con­cealed Car­ry and Ohioans for Con­cealed Car­ry against Ohio State Uni­ver­si­ty, there is lit­tle desire to enact a pol­i­cy per­mit­ting cam­pus car­ry much less fol­low cur­rent law with respect to pos­ses­sion of firearms on col­lege cam­pus­es.”

The group con­tin­ues:

The author­i­ty to reg­u­late firearms on our pub­lic prop­er­ty should lie with the gen­er­al assem­bly, not some appoint­ed group of indi­vid­u­als who are not account­able to the peo­ple of Ohio through the elec­tion process.”

The gun rights orga­ni­za­tion sums up its heart­felt call to action with these two sen­tences:

Please, for the sake of our best and bright­est, amend HB48 and pass real cam­pus car­ry. The time to restrict their right to choose is no more.”

Mem­bers of the Buck­eyes for Con­cealed Car­ry on Cam­pus are not the only ones who are tired of not being able to defend them­selves. In an exclu­sive inter­view with Inde­pen­dent Jour­nal Review, third-year OSU law stu­dent and for­mer Miss Ohio USA 2014, Madi­son Gesiot­to, had this to say:

Image Cred­it: Facebook/Madi­son Gesiot­to

Crim­i­nals and ter­ror­ists do not respect the law ‚and they will not fol­low the law. We need cam­pus car­ry to pro­tect our­selves and out friends on cam­pus. I am sick of schools serv­ing as vic­tim tar­get zones for these crim­i­nals and ter­ror­ists. Instead, we should be empow­ered to pro­tect our­selves and those around us.”

Gesiot­to is an avid sup­port­er of Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump, who has promised to get tough on mass shoot­ings and those who car­ry them out.

Image Cred­it: Facebook/Madi­son Gesiot­to

The pres­i­dent-elect had this to say in the wake of the shoot­ing:

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The Ohio Sen­ate has a lot to con­sid­er in regard to whether to revise the HB 48 bill in favor of gun rights sup­port­ers. Monday’s tragedy will cer­tain­ly be a major top­ic of con­cern.

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