New Club Advocates for Concealed Carry on Campus

Posted on April 12, 2011

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BRIANNA SMITH

A new student club at IU is lobbying for the right to carry concealed weapons on campus.

Aptly named, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC) want to legalize concealed handguns on campus and educate students on gun use.

Justin Garner, president of the club, began the interview with, “Right now, it doesn’t really look like I have anything on me; there are no bulges in my pocket except for my cell phone and my wallet; but right here, is a loaded nine-millimeter concealed hand gun. Round in the chamber. Ready to go.”

SCCC believes students should have the chance to stop violence themselves.

“Normal people carry guns. I kind of want to get rid of that idea in everyone’s heads that only bad guys and police officers carry guns. There are a lot of good guys out there who carry guns too,” Garner said.

“Books and desks don’t stop bullets. And a lot of people say the answer to bullets flying isn’t more bullets flying, but, almost always, it is,” Garner said.

Freshman Kira Riley used a handgun in her suicide in Briscoe Quad last month. SCC said it’s just another reason that students should be able to protect themselves here on campus.

“We think of this very unfortunate situation as an example that anyone can get a gun on campus and these policies are not doing what they say they are doing. This is not a gun-free campus, obviously, and although no one was hurt in this situation except for the young lady who committed suicide, if her intentions would have been different, there was no one on campus who could stop her.”

“I personally don’t think it’s safe because people’s mental functioning changes so much while they’re in college, whether it’s finals week or dead week,” Evan Pendygraft said, a resident assistant in Teter.

The SCC believes the pressures from college will not cause students to act irrationally.

THIS STORY WAS INCLUDED IN THE April 4, 2011 HOOSIER NEWS SOURCE BROADCAST.

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