I am a firm believer in the right to protect yourself and your family. To me, my friends are my family too.
I also believe in the right to carry a weapon upon your person for that protection, with due training!
Oregon courts ruled that the Oregon University Systems ban on concealed carry on their premises was illegal, violating the laws of the state. Hmm, it only took them 41 years... and because it violated the laws at a state level, they didn't even look at how violently they violated our 2nd amendment rights.
US Constitution, 2nd amendment (wikipedia) In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home
Read the news story... and think, would the massacre at Virginia Tech have happened if there were a couple legally carrying students on campus? or if their security officers had been armed? No, probably not, instead they had to wait for the local police to marshal forces.
According to a state firearms expert and trainer from the Bend Police Department, it takes someone less than .3 seconds to refocus his direction and shoot the second or third or fourth round at a new target. It takes only a few seconds to drop the magazine and reload another to start firing again. Assuming that a shooter shows up on a college campus with a handgun, how many seconds pass while the students stand by and waiting for tragedy before the police can get to the campus?
Just a thought. National statistics show that of all the public active shooter situations they have encountered, not one of the shooters held their concealed carry permits.
Outlaw guns, and only outlaws will carry them. do you want to be helpless, and defenseless?