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Editorial: Campus guns bill misses

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When North Carolina Republicans — including two representing Pitt County — sought to pass legislation allowing concealed-carry permit holders to have guns on the state’s college campuses, they did not consult administrators at those schools. Nor did they ask law enforcement officials charged with keeping students, faculty and staff safe their thoughts on making such a dramatic change.

That is evident by the nearly unanimous opposition to the bill, which passed the House by a party-line vote this week, among those constituencies. Though permit-holders are statistically the most responsible gun owners, their voices — and those of the powerful gun lobby — should not have overwhelmed the vast majority of stakeholders who continue to believe this would be a dangerous mistake for North Carolina to make.

First-term Reps. Brian Brown and Susan Martin are among the many Republican cosponsors of a bill that would dramatically loosen state gun laws. It resurrects last year’s failed attempt to allow weapons in restaurants and bars, limits the ability of local governments to prohibit firearms on greenways and in parks, and would allow some gun owners to carry weapons on the campuses of public universities and community colleges.

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If it were put on a ballot,

If it were put on a ballot, it would pass as well. The writer just can't bring himself to believe that he is not in the majority on the issue.

I Don't Like Anyone Speaking For Me

I don't like anyone speaking for me. And for the Daily Reflector to say that the vote is nearly unanimous is highly biased. Nobody interviewed the pro-CCW faculty on campus. I'll even go so far as to say that they have been, "silenced." And the only people who want "tougher" background checks are the people who don't understand the purchase process to begin with. There is no "gun show loophole", for example. There's a "buy a stolen gun at the car wash on the corner of West Fifth Street and Memorial" loophole, but nobody is willing to talk about that. One more thing and I'll shut up. The writer states that law enforcement will have difficulty if there are more weapons during a campus shooting. How is that possible, when the CCW permit holder's gun will be locked in a gun safe, which is locked in a car trunk? CCW permit holders aren't Rambo wannabes.

letter is nothing but an opinion

Not alot of facts in this letter. Just the opinion of the writer. Writer mentions strengthening federal gun laws. Why don't we just enforce the ones already on the books? Why make more laws that will not be enforced, except on law-abiding citizens? It's easier to go after law-abiding citizens than to go after the criminals. Writer also mentions that car break-ins are among the leading crimes on UNC campuses. If law enforcement officers know that car break-ins are so prevalent, why don't they do something about it? Writer does mention twice that there are law enforcement officials who are responsible for keeping students safe. Officers can't be everywhere. So if I understand the letter writer correctly, they think students should not be allowed to have weapons to defend themselves, because criminals might steal those weapons. Once again, why don't we correct the problem by getting rid of the criminals?

Stakeholders not polled

The writer makes the statement that university employees almost unanimously oppose the discussed bill. I was not polled or surveyed in anyway. While college campuses tend to be liberal the number is not near 100%. The writer should not make statements without evidence and only from personal perception.

only faculty senators

There was an online survey done of faculty senators at ECU. Forty-two elected faculty senators and four ex-officio senators submitted survey responses. So only 46 out of a total of over 2000 faculty members gave their opinions; that latter number according to the 2011-12 ECU Fact Book. Hardly representative of the opinions of the entire faculty. I'm not aware that ECU staff members were polled at all.

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