EXCERPT: "The issue comes down to whether you support the right to carry on campus or whether you support rapists having free access to unarmed victims. It's that simple."
|DATE:||August 19, 2015|
|TO:||USF & NRA Members and Friends|
|FROM:||Marion P. Hammer|
|USF Executive Director|
|NRA Past President|
Please click here to read the compelling and right on target OpEd, Give Florida students right to self-defense, by university student, Rebekah Hargrove, in the Daytona Beach News Journal posted today. http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20150819/OPINION/150819538/0/www.news-journalonline.com/article/20150819/OPINION/150819538/0/search
Excerpt from the OpEd:
|As a woman licensed to carry a firearm for protection, I can defend myself off campus, but the second I step on campus, I no longer have the right to defend myself. I must surrender constitutional rights that guarantee my right to keep and bear arms and of self-defense to get a college education.
Effectively, I become a ward of the university, but the university has no legal duty or responsibility for my safety. In fact, it hides behind sovereign immunity that protects the university from civil suits and criminal prosecution for failing to protect me.
A college campus is not holy ground that is free from alcohol, drugs, guns, rapists and violent criminals. Rather, as a “gun-free zone,” it is a safe haven for rapists and violent criminals, leaving law-abiding students defenseless.